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Organisation Pallottine Mission (1948 - 2004)
- Care Provider, Catholic, Mission and Stolen Generations
- Alternative Names
- Wandaglu Hostel (also known as)
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[Taken from the Western Australian guide Signposts:]
Pallotine Mission provided residential care and schooling for children from an Indigenous background aged from 5 to 17 years.
[Taken from the Western Australian guide Signposts:]
Sponsoring Agency: Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines).
"The Pallottine Order…[is] exlusively concerned with Aboriginal welfare" Wilson and Robinson (1971) Aboriginal Hostels in Perth: A Comparative Survey.
The Pallottine's main centre was at Rossmoyne in the metropolitan area. The Pallottine Centre, Rossmoyne has its own entry in Signposts, and this should be consulted as it gives more information about the history of the Pallottine involvement in residential child care.
"A Piece of the Story", the National Directory of Records of Catholic Organisations Caring for Children Separated from Families [www.catholicwelfare.com.au/publications] records that the "Home at Tardun commenced operation in 1948 when disused RAAF buildings utilised during WWII were purchased by the Catholic Church and transported from Moonyounooka (near Geraldton) to the mission. The facility is still operational today and goes by the name of Wandaglu Hostel."
When surveyed in 1971, it was noted that "the mission caters for 79 primary school students, 8 secondary level students and 20 Agricultural School students. Scholars proceeding to secondary level education are often placed at the Pallottine Training Centre, Riverton [see entry]". (Wilson and Robinson (1971) Aboriginal Hostels in Perth: A Comparative Survey).
When the Welstat (national welfare statistical collection) definitions were applied in 1979, there were a range of other facilities, operated either by the Department or non-Government agencies, which were defined as "Other Homes for Children". The Pallottine facility at Tardun was defined by this category. Such a definition referred to "a residential child care establishment that is mainly for children aged under 15 and/or still at school, and that consists of either a single dwelling that is not a family group home, or two or more dwellings that share cooking and eating facilities" and which were not (detention) Institutions or Hostels.
Departmental referrals to Tardun continue in 2004.A limited chronology of admissions and discharges is included in Table 35.
Records Records may be held by the Pallottine Order. Departmental records for children placed by the Department of Community Welfare or the Department of Native Welfare may exist.
Additionally, the Department for Child Protection and Family Support's Aboriginal Index and the guide, 'Looking West', should be consulted for information.
According to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website [www.aiatsis.gov.au] , the State Records Office in Western Australia 'holds extensive records relating to missions.'
While access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire.
The Archivist, Pallottines Centre
50-60 Fifth Ave, Rossmoyne WA 6148
Phone: (08) 9457 7906
Fax: (08) 9457 0532
Freedom of Information
Department for Child Protection and Family Support
PO Box 6334, East Perth WA 6892
Phone: (08) 6217 6388 or (08) 6217 6381
Fax: (08) 9222 2776
Free call in WA: 1800 000 277
For general information relating to missions:
State Records Office, Alexander Library Building
James St West Entrance
Perth WA 6000.
Search Centre: GroundFloor Mon-Fri:9.30am-4.30pm
Phone: (08) 9427 3600
Fax: (08) 9427 3368
- 1948 - 2004
- Pallottine Mission was located at Tardun. Location: Tardun
- Wilson, Katrin and Michael V. Robinson., Aboriginal Hostels in Perth : A Comparative Survey, Department of Native Welfare, [Perth, W.A.], 1971. Details
- Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottine Fathers and Brothers), http://www.pallottine.org.au. Details
- To Remove and Protect: Aboriginal Lives Under Control [website], 2010, http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/index.html. Details
- Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies [website], http://aiatsis.gov.au/. Details
- Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, http://www.signposts.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au/. Details
- National Directory of Records of Catholic Organisations Caring for Children Separated from Families, A Piece of the Story: A Research Project Undertaken by the Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission and the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes, November 1999, http://www.catholicwelfare.com.au/publications/other/a_peice_of_the_story. Details
- State Records Taskforce, Government of Western Australia, Looking West: A Guide to Aboriginal Sources in Western Australia [website], Government of Western Australia, 2004, http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/42687/20040616-0000/www.lookingwest.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au/index.html. Details
Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, http://www.signposts.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au/.
Prepared by: Anna Trengove and Leanne Howard
Created: 15 March 2011, Last modified: 28 August 2012