Kartanup Hostel was first built in 1929-30 as a Catholic boarding school run by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. In 1958-59 it was converted to a Convent.
In 1970 by the Department of Native Welfare established Kartanup as an Aboriginal Education and Employment Hostel in the town of Katanning.
The Hostel started in an old property in Andrews Street and 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.
By the early 1980s, the Hostel was used by the Department as a placement for young offenders but this was discontinued by August 1984. In 1985, Kartanup was leased to the State Government to use for its Westrek (youth employment) project.
Then in 1987 Kartanup became an annexe of St Andrew's Hostel, providing additional accommodation for Hostel boarders who attended school in Katanning. In 2012, an incident relating to one of the boarders was raised at the Special Inquiry into St Andrew's Hostel, Katanning.
The building continues to be used in Katanning but no longer offers out of home care. It is known as 'Reidy House'.
Departmental records for children or young people placed by the Department or the Children's Court may exist. Additionally, the Department for Child Protection and Family Support's Aboriginal Index and the guide, 'Looking West', should be consulted for information.
Access to these records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals. You are very welcome 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
25 February 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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