According to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website, the State Records Office in Western Australia 'holds extensive records relating to missions.
Departmental records for children placed by the Department of Native Welfare exist and can be accessed via the Department for Child Protection and Family Support.
Additionally, the Department for Child Protection and Family Support's Aboriginal Index and the guide, 'Looking West', should be consulted for information.
While access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire.
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
Anglican Diocese of Perth, Western Australia, Records is a collection of records and historical information that may be relevant to people who were placed in Homes including: Forrest River Mission; Hillston, Padbury Boys' Farm School, Parkerville Children's Home; Perth Boys' Orphanage and Perth Girls' Orphanage; Redhill; Seaside House, Coogee; Swan Boys' Orphanage; Swan Homes; Swan Native and Half Caste Mission; and Swanleigh.
The Archivist, Anglican Diocese of Perth:
GPO Box W2067, Perth WA 6846
Phone: (08) 9425 7243
Fax: (08) 9221 4118
[From the National Library of Australia's 'Bringing them home oral history project'] Green, a teacher at Warburton Ranges and Forrest River Aboriginal Mission Schools and later Superintendent, Western Australian School for Deaf Children, speaks about becoming a schoolteacher after serving in the RAAF. He was principal teacher at the Warburton Ranges Mission, W.A. in 1966 and later at Forrest River Mission. He describes conditions on the missions, the attitude of missionaries towards Aboriginal people, and the difficulties of teaching an inappropriate curriculum. Green later worked at Edith Cowen University where he established a teacher-training course in Aboriginal cultural awareness.
National Library of Australia, Librarian, Information Services:
National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT 2600
Phone: (02) 6262 1266
Fax: (02) 6273 5081
24 February 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00077
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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