The Australian Aboriginal Evangelical Mission (AAEM) Hostel in Esperance, Western Australia was established in 1966 to provide accommodation, supervision and full board for Aboriginal boys aged 15 years and older who were working in the district. It was open until at least 1980.
The Australian Aboriginal Evangelical Mission (AAEM) Hostel was largely independent of the Department of Native Welfare, but some financial assistance was received for particular building projects. It appears that the hostel was run by Mr John Pedler (also known as Pedlar) for some years, possibly from 1966. It is not known how long Mr Pedler ran the hostel, but it was likely to have been until at least into the 1970s, when he went up to Kalgoorlie to run the Millen Street Hostel. The AAEM Hostel continued until at least 1980.
Boys who lived at AAEM were aged over 15 years. It is possible that some boys were wards of the State.
During the 1970s, the boys were able to learn panel-beating, spray-painting, welding and mechanical skills at the Boys Training Workshop that had been established in Esperance by the superintendent of the Fairhaven Hostel. Some young men completed apprenticeships there. The young people at the Fairhaven Hostel, Condingup Hostel and the AAEM Hostel socialised regularly in Esperance.
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, 2004, https://signposts.communities.wa.gov.au//pdf/pdf.aspx; State Solicitor's Office of Western Australia, 'p.45 It is likely that the Esperance Mission Home entry in the 'Guide to Institutions Attended by Aboriginal People' is the same institution as the AAEM Hostel, Esperance.', Guide to Institutions Attended by Aboriginal People in Western Australia, Government of Western Australia, 2005, http://web.archive.org/web/20140126131607/http://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/lantu/MediaPublications/Documents/Guide-to-Institutions-attended-by-Aboriginal-people-in-WA-2005.pdf; Email from Deslee Moyle on 17 April 2014 regarding the relationship between Condingup and the AAEM Hostel, Esperance. State Records Office of Western Australia, Wards - Director's Approval to Transfer from one Institution to Another and Amend Training, Reference Code AU WA S1099- cons2607 A0191 V4 (File number I435 p.263) - page numbers refer to PDF page number in digital file held by the Department of Communities (Child Protection and Family Support) in 2017. Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 database on-line. Western Australia, Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie 1977, p.40; Kalgoorlie, Dundas 1972, p.23. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 15 March 2011, Last modified: 28 May 2021