Kartanup Hostel was first built in 1929-1930 as a Catholic boarding school run by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. In 1958-1959 it was converted to a Convent.
In 1970 the Department of Native Welfare established Kartanup as a hostel for working-age boys in the town of Katanning, in an old property in Andrews Street, In 1972, the hostel moved in 1972 to the site of the old St Rita's Convent School, coming under the control of the Department for Community Welfare in that year.
The Hostel was home to young males from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds, from country and metropolitan areas. The emphasis of the Hostel was on establishing work and independent living skills. It is likely that many of the boys placed at the hostel were or had been wards of the State, and some may have been referred through the juvenile justice system.
By August 1984, Kartanup's hostel program closed. In 1985, the Kartanup facility was leased to the State Government to use for its Westrek (youth employment) project. In 1987, Kartanup became an annexe of St Andrew's Hostel for children attending school in Katanning.
The building continues to be used in Katanning in 2014, but no longer offers out of home care. It was known as 'Reidy House'.
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
09 July 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00115
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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