The Albany Boys' Hostel admitted male Aboriginal teenagers from south western Australia, from approximately 1970. It was intended to house young adolescents to further their education and training, and enable them to obtain suitable employment in the south west. There were 11 boys in residence when responsibility for the hostel was transferred from the Pallottines to the Catholic Diocese of Bunbury in 1978.
According to the State Solicitor's Office in Western Australia (Guide to Institutions Attended by Aboriginal People in Western Australia 2005, p.108), the Pallottine's Boys' Hostel, Albany was run by the Catholic male religious order, the Society of the Catholic Apostolates (Pallottines) at the request of the Commissioner of Native Welfare. In 1968, development of the hostel began, with funds contributed by the government, the Lotteries Commission and the Pallottines.
The intention of the Pallottines, was to provide similar accommodation in Albany as was provided at the Pallottine Mission Centre, Rossmoyne.
Responsibility for the Albany Boys' Hostel was transferred from the Pallottines to the Catholic Diocese of Bunbury in 1978. Files created after this time by child welfare agencies show that the hostel was also known as 'Tintinara'.
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, http://signposts.cpfs.wa.gov.au/pdf/pdf.aspx; National Directory of Records of Catholic Organisations Caring for Children Separated from Families, A Piece of the Story: A Research Project Undertaken by the Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission and the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes, November 1999, https://cssa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/A-Piece-of-the-Story.pdf; Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottine Fathers and Brothers), http://www.pallottine.org.au; State Solicitor's Office of Western Australia, 'p.108', 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; Correspondence with Pallottine Archivist, January 2019, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre. Email, Department for Child Protection and Family Support, 5 August 2014.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 15 March 2011, Last modified: 21 January 2019