Appropriate staffing at the Albany hostel in the 1970s was the subject of evidence in the St Andrew's Hostel Inquiry in 2012.
According to evidence given in this inquiry, the Albany Residential College was known as Amity House during the last decades of the twentieth century. The manager of Amity House 1987-2001 was Nicholas Finnbar (Barry) Christy. From 1977 to around 1979, a brother and sister-in-law of convicted sex offenders Dennis and Neil McKenna, were employed as supervisors at the Amity Hostel in Albany. At that time, 26 children, including some young people on apprenticeships, boarded at the hostel.
It was not uncommon for children who were Wards of the State to be boarded in hostels run by the Country High School Hostels Authority.
It is not known if there are any historical personal records available from Albany Residential College. Children who were placed there by the Government Department responsible for child welfare may have records held by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support. The Department of Education may be able to help access education records. School journals are held at the State Records Office for some State schools and these may be relevant for people who were in education hostels. The SRO also holds records from the Country High School Hostels Authority.
The State Records Office (SRO) holds the State archives collection. The state archives collection includes records that might be of interest to people who were in out of home care as children. These records can be found throughout the collection because many government agencies were involved. The Find and Connect web resource will identify as many of these records as possible.
State Records Office of Western Australia:
Alexander Library Building, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000
Phone: (08) 9427 3600
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
14 November 2013
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00507
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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