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Queensland - Organisation

OPAL House (1962 - 1985?)

From
1962
To
1985?
Categories
Foster Care, Home and Hostel
Alternative Names
  • OPAL Hostel (Also known as)

OPAL House, in South Brisbane, was operated by the One People of Australia League (OPAL). It was Brisbane's first purpose-designed hostel for homeless Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. OPAL House in Russell Street was purchased by the Queensland government in 1962. In 1985, the building in Russell Street was demolished and the remaining 16 residents of OPAL House were transferred to Joyce Wilding Hostel, Eight Mile Plains.

Details

OPAL House was started by Muriel Langford and Joyce Wilding. Joyce Wilding was also the matron at OPAL House.

OPAL House was registered as a foster home and licensed as registered premises in 1966. It was licensed as a residential institution on 7 August 1970.

In 1978 there were 30 residents at OPAL House, some of them were children. Correspondence files from 1980 indicate that 2 children were living at OPAL House, even though the facility was not funded to house children at that time.

OPAL has advised the Find & Connect web resource that it no longer has any records relating to children who were resident in their homes.

Location

1962 - 1985?
Location - Opal House was situated at Russell Street, South Brisbane. Location: South Brisbane

Related Organisations

Publications

Books

  • Department of Families, Missing pieces: information to assist former residents of children's institutions to access records, State of Queensland, 2001. p.68. Details

Journal Articles

  • Darling, Elaine, ''They spoke out pretty good: the leadership of women in the Brisbane Aboriginal rights movement, 1958/ 1962'', Melbourne Historical Journal, vol. 24, 1996, pp. 87-103. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Families, Missing pieces: information to assist former residents of children's institutions to access records, State of Queensland, 2001. p.68.; Correspondence with Community and Personal Histories, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, November 2018 - January 2019.

Prepared by: Lee Butterworth