The Graceville Centre began its long history in 1898 as Cornelie Home; a Rescue Home for women and a maternity home for 'unmarried mothers'. After the maternity program was transferred to North Fremantle in 1903, Cornelie remained a Rescue Home with room for 21 women and its name changed to Graceville. On 22 March 1922, Graceville was registered as an 'Inebriates Home' but it seems that at some stage, young and older women with intellectual disabilities were also accommodated at Graceville. By 1972, Graceville reportedly was involved with the Slow Learning Children's Group workshops and 'special schools' and the Irrabeena assessment program.
In 1974 the property was further developed into the 'Graceville Centre' with additional units for women and their children needing temporary, emergency accommodation (Byanda) and lone women aged 16-25 years with a 'drink problem' (Nunyara). Byanda had previously (1920-1942) been the name of the younger children's building at the Salvation Army Girls' Home, Cottesloe. Byanda and Nunyara were built on the site previously occupied by the Graceville managers' and officers' quarters.
The original home was renamed Cornelie and was used to accommodate young and older women with intellectual disabilities who attended special schools and sheltered workshops. Many of these residents had links with Irrabeena. By 1984, this building was called 'Cornelie Hostel'. In March 1986, Cornelie was demolished and the female residents were transferred to a Baptistcare facility in Bassendean. Eleven new units were built on the site, opening on 13 December 1986 and named 'Cornelie Court'.
The Byanda and Nunyara buildings were decommissioned and new premises redeveloped in 2007. In 2013, the Graceville Centre continued to provide supported accommodation to women experiencing domestic violence or homelessness.
17 October 2023
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