Beverley Cottages were three 'scatter cottages' established by Centrecare Children's Cottages from 1978 to accommodate Aboriginal children in culturally-appropriate, family-type Homes: in Lukin Street (from 1978), Monger Street (from 1979) and the Ev Brown Cottage in Forrest Street (from around 1985) in the wheatbelt town of Beverley. Around 1987, the Lukin Street cottage was converted to a 'Youth House' and children who were living there participated in educational programs as a an alternative to mainstream schooling.
The Beverley Cottages were administered and supported locally by staff in an office situated in the old convent building in Lukin Street and, across the road in 'Kooloongah', was the home of the Centrecare Social Worker.
The Lukin Street cottage was established with support from a Mission Grant in Aid in 1978 and renovations were undertaken with a Grant-in-Aid in 1980. Some of the first children may have come from Wandering Mission.
By 1983, Aboriginal people were cottage parents in all the cottages. When the cottages first opened, children were aged 0-5 years but by 1985 children aged 0-17 years were able to be admitted.
In 1988, a cultural dance project was undertaken and in 1989 alternative schooling and after-school programs included other local Aboriginal children, as well as children living at Centrecare cottages in Beverley.
From 1985, government reports (Signposts, 2004, p.113) record Centrecare staff expressing concern that children living at their cottages in Beverley, including Lukin Street, were facing discrimination in the town. By 1989, one of the cottages had closed and a local advisory group was formed to discuss how to address community concerns about the children in the Youth House and the family cottage. Eventually, there was a 'strong push from town members' which was a factor in the cottages' closure. Another factor was the lack of local resources to adequately support young people who may have come to Beverley after time in detention, or after multiple other placements. The Youth House closed around 1989 and the remaining cottage had all closed by 1991.
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
Centrecare is the organisation that has inherited the history and any existing records of Centrecare Family Services and Centrecare Marriage and Family Services. It is also the custodian of existing records from Centrecare Children's Cottages, which was re-named Djooraminda in August 1992. The exact holdings are unknown, but there may be information relevant to people who were placed at: Beverley Cottages, Brookton Cottages, Glendalough Cottage, Northam Cottage and Youth Care.
For records relating to Centrecare, Centrecare Family Services and Centrecare Marriage and Family Services, contact the Director, Centrecare:
456 Hay Street Perth, WA 6000
Phone: (08) 9325 6644
14 October 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00030
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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