Nollamara Cottage has had at least two distinct roles, and the existing records are unclear about the details. It began as the Nollamara Children's Respite Home around 1973, in purpose-built premises at 160 Hillsborough Drive, Nollamara. At this stage, it was run by the Methodist Overseas Mission under agreement with the Department for Community Welfare (DCW). It would have accommodated children who were transferred from Mogumber for medical treatment in Perth. Later, it became an Aboriginal Education and Employment Hostel and moved to 50 Carcoola Street, Nollamara.
It is likely that Nollamara was run by a number of Methodist and, after 1977, Uniting Church agencies under agreement with the DCW. 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.
It is also possible that many of the children and young people who were placed at Nollamara Hostel were wards of the State.
By 1978, the Home was known as Nollamara Cottage and was located at 50 Carcoola Street. It is not known when it relocated. It is possible that it was functioning as an Aboriginal Education and Employment Hostel at this time. According to a report by the Consultative Committee on Residential Child Care, Nollamara closed in 1985 due to 'lack of demand'. It is possibly at this time that the property was transferred to Aboriginal Hostels Ltd.
According to the Western Australian finding aid, Signposts, Nollamara later functioned as a Group Home run by the department responsible for child welfare until at least 1997, but it is more likely that it continued as departmental Aboriginal Education and Employment Hostel.
There are a number of places where records about children who were placed at Nollamara Cottage might be found. The Uniting Church Archives and UnitingCare West, the Department for Aboriginal Affairs, and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support may have records about people who lived at Nollamara Cottage as children. The State Records Office and the State Library of Western Australia may also hold general historical information. The State Library of New South Wales, which holds a collection of Methodist Overseas Mission records, may have personal or historical information.
Students who were resident at Nollamara Cottage may have been Commonwealth Secondary Grant recipients. The National Archives of Australia may hold records relating to people who received these grants.
Access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals. You are very welcome to enquire.
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
Methodist Overseas Mission Records is part of the 'Methodist Church of Australasia, Department of Overseas Missions' collection held by the State Library of New South Wales. The Methodist Overseas Mission (MOM) ran Mogumber in Western Australia from 1951 to 1974. Through the Mogumber Training Centre, it was responsible for the operation of 'scatter cottages' in Perth from 1970 to 1974. These were: Applecross Cottage, Adross House, Greenmount Hostel and Yokine Cottage. The Nollamara Children's Respite Home was also planned and constructed during the MOM's period of governance of Mogumber. It is possible that some records about these facilities are held in the collection.
Contact the Archivist, Uniting Church Archives and Reference Centre:
PO Box 2395, North Parramatta NSW 1750
Phone: (02) 9683 4136
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
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 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
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 Mr Renay Grech, Executive General manager (Services) 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
24 February 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00162
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