Applecross Cottage began as a suburban branch of Mogumber in 1970, in a house at 62 Matheson Road. It was run by the Methodist Overseas Mission under agreement with the Department of Native Welfare and, from 1972, the Department for Community Welfare. Some of the children attended the Applecross Primary and High Schools.
The house at Matheson Road had previously been used for aged care and there was quite a bit of opposition to using the house as a Children's Home. In a report written in 1971 it was said that the presence of a number of other institutions in the local area contributed to the opposition by residents (Signposts, p.87).
In 1971, Applecross Cottage was counted as one of several Aboriginal Education and Employment Hostels in the metropolitan area, providing a base for Aboriginal children and young people to go to school and obtain other training in Perth.
In 1972, the child welfare responsibilities of the Department of Native Welfare passed to the Department for Community Welfare (DCW). Applecross Cottage was run by a number of Methodist and, after 1977, Uniting Church agencies under agreement with the DCW. From 1972, Applecross was run by the Methodist Overseas Mission. In 1974, after Mogumber closed, the Mogumber Training Centre (MTC) took over from the Methodist Overseas Mission and in 1980 Sister Kate's Child and Family Care Services took over from the MTC.
Many of the children and young people who were placed at Applecross Cottage were wards of the State.
By 1975, Applecross was providing short-term accommodation for up to eight 5-17 year olds. A description of Applecross Cottage in 1975 noted there was a trampoline in the garden, a TV and piano. The hostel-like Home had six bedrooms (able to be shared by two children). Children walked to local schools and took their lunch with them. The average length of time children stayed at Applecross Cottage was 9 months.
In 1980, the Mogumber Training Centre became part of Sister Kate's Child and Family Care Services, who then ran Applecross Cottage until, in the 1985-86 financial year, the property was passed to the Aboriginal Lands Council.
Methodist Church of Australasia. Dept. of Overseas Missions collection, 1830-1971, 1980 is an aggregated collection of records of the administrative and field activities of the Methodist Church Overseas Missions in the Pacific region, including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, New Guinea and Northern Australia and others. The collection includes minutes of various boards and committees, registers, letters, missionaries' diaries and other personal papers, reports, information files, newspaper cuttings, language materials, photographs, drawings and maps.
Contact the Archivist, Uniting Church Archives NSW/ACT:
Centre for Ministry,
16 Masons Drive,
North Parramatta, NSW 2151
Telephone and Fax: (02) 8838-8974.
The Archives office is staffed between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm on Monday and Tuesday only.
UnitingCare West, records is a collection of records and historical information that may be relevant to people who were placed in Homes run by Methodist Homes for Children, UnitingCare Child and Family Care Services, and Mofflyn Child and Family Care Services, including: Allandale Cottage; Bourkedale; Carine House; Collins House; Cooinda; Kingsway; Marangaroo; Meribah; Methodist Children's Home; Mofflyn; Terrace House; Warminda; and Werribee Cottage.
People are encouraged to enquire by contacting Former Clients Enquiries at the
UnitingCare West, Central Office:
16 Sunbury Road, Victoria Park WA 6100
Post: GPO Box B74, Perth WA 6838
Phone: 1300 663 298 or (08) 9355 9116
Facsimile: 1300 663 528
The Department of Aboriginal Affairs [predecessors], Records is a collection of records relating to Aboriginal family history in Western Australia. The collection includes records held in the State Records Office; copies of the Norman Tindale and Joseph Birdsell genealogies, photographs, journals and data; copies of the Elkin genealogies for the Kimberley region; and the Jan Goodacre Collection of genealogy, photographs and historical records.
Aboriginal History Research Unit, Department of Aboriginal Affairs:
PO Box 3153 East Perth WA 6892
Phone: 1300 651 077
Fax: (08) 6551 8008
The collection held by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support (DCPFS) dates from 1894. It includes records from the Government Receiving Depot, the State Children's Department, the Child Welfare Department and more recent departments which have been known at different times as the Department for Child Protection, Community Development, Community Welfare, Community Services, and Family and Children's Services. The records relate to children who were placed in all types of out of home 'care' in Western Australia. Some of the records held by the DCPFS were originally created by another government department or private agency.
Contact Freedom of Information, Department for Child Protection and Family Support:
PO Box 6334, East Perth WA 6892
Telephone: (08) 6217 6388 or (08) 6217 6381
Facsimile: (08) 9222 2776
Free call in WA: 1800 000 277
Sister Kate's Child and Family Services Private Archives is a collection of records held in the Battye Library's Private Archives Collection at the State Library of Western Australia. The collection contains a range of records, some which are restricted to protect people's privacy. The items in this collection include personal and administration records and audio-visual material. There are some records for: Parkerville Children's Home; Sister Kate's Children's Cottage Home, Queen's Park; Sister Kate's Child and Family Care Services; and Manguri. There may also be admission and other information about people who were at the following Homes: Applecross Cottage, Ardross House, Greenmount Hostel, Yokine Cottage, and the Nollamara Children's Respite Home.
State Library of Western Australia:
25 Francis Street, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000
Phone: (08) 9427 3111
Fax: (08) 9427 3256
The collection held by the Uniting Church Archives in Perth dates from around 1918 to the 1980s. The collection includes information about Children's Homes run by the Methodist and Presbyterian churches and, after 1977, the Uniting Church. Most of the information in the collection is about fundraising for the Homes, or copies of newsletters. There is also some information about some children who lived in the Homes.
Synod of Western Australia, UCA Archives Research Centre:
91 Edward Street, Perth WA 6000
GPO Box M952, Perth WA 6843
Phone: (08) 9260 9800
(please leave a message and the Archivist will return your call)
Fax: (08) 9227 6416
09 July 2014
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