Government reports (Signposts 2004, pp.398-399) show that Oolanyah was a Department of Native Welfare hostel that in 1971 had 36 primary-school age children living there. In 1972, responsibility for Oolanyah was transferred to the Department for Community Welfare (DCW) in accordance with government policy at that time.
In 1979 the DCW (Signposts p.399) gave some information about the children living at Oolanyah: There were '30 children from Boodarie, Pippingarra and Indee Stations; the Spare Hill Tin Mine; and the Roebourne, Port Hedland, Nullagine and Pilgangara areas'.
By 1987, Oolanyah, along with other country hostels, reportedly (Signposts p.399) admitted only 'senior students' and it was a policy to ensure that Aboriginal staff were employed to work in the hostel.
Oolanyah had closed by 1994, possibly in 1993.
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21 October 2022
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