Nollamara Cottage was established around 1973 as a temporary Home for children transferred from Mogumber to Perth for schooling and other reasons, such as access to medical treatment in Perth. It was run by Mogumber until 1974, then the Mogumber Training Centre until 1980 and then Sister Kate's Child and Family Care Services. Nollamara Cottage closed in 1985.
Nollamara Cottage began around 1973, at 50 Carcoola Street, Nollamara, possibly on land that had been purchased by the Department of Native Welfare in 1972. Nollamara Cottage was run by a number of Methodist (and, after 1977), Uniting Church agencies under agreement with the Department of Community Welfare. In 1974, after Mogumber closed, the Mogumber Training Centre (MTC) took over from the Methodist Overseas Mission and in 1980 Sister Kate's Child and Family Care Services took over from the MTC.
It is possible that many of the children and young people who were placed at Nollamara Hostel were wards of the State.
According to a report by the Consultative Committee on Residential Child Care (Signposts 2004, p.306), Nollamara (or 'Yokine' as it was sometimes called, after the adjacent suburb) closed in 1985 due to 'lack of demand'. It is possibly at this time that the property was transferred to Aboriginal Hostels Ltd.
Sources used to compile this entry: Booth, S, Report on the Activities of the Consultative Committee on Residential Child Care in 1985/86, October 1986. p.29.; The 'Homes' Herald, 1978 [Methodist Homes for Children] [Document], Date: December 1978; Information Services, Department for Community Development, 'pp. 355; 377-378', 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 Records Office of Western Australia, Series 211 Files-General Cons 6754 Item 1997-21271-01RO, 'Acquisitions land and property Lot 1189 Quadea Way Nollamara Native Welfare Dept Wishart P W P J LPB 409-72'. 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 (p.370) - page numbers refer to PDF page number in digital file held by the Department of Communities (Child Protection and Family Support) in 2017.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 15 March 2011, Last modified: 22 November 2018