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Subiaco Boys' Orphanage (1872 - 1901)

  • Subiaco Orphanage Industrial School for Roman Catholic Boys

    Subiaco Orphanage Industrial School for Roman Catholic Boys, 1900, courtesy of Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Superintendent of Public Charities and Inspector of Industrial and Reformatory Schools, Report 1900, before p.23.
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From
1872
To
1901
Categories
Catholic, Children's Home, Home, Industrial School and Orphanage
Alternative Names
  • St Vincent’s Boys' Orphanage (also known as, 1872 - 1901)
  • Subiaco Orphanage for Roman Catholic Boys (also known as, 1897 - )

Subiaco Boys' Orphanage for Roman Catholic boys was established by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Perth in 1872 and run by Benedictines (1872-1876) then the Sisters of Mercy (1876-1897), and the Christian Brothers (from 1897). In 1901 the orphanage moved to Manning and became known as Clontarf. The St Joseph's Girls' Orphanage was then established on the Subiaco site.

Details

Subiaco Boys' Orphanage was established by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Perth, Matthew Gibney, on 13 February 1872 on the site of the Benedictine monastery in Subiaco. It was run by the Benedictines from 1872 to 1876. The 1897 annual report by the Superintendent of Relief and Inspector of Charitable Instutitions says it was then run by the Sisters of Charity but this is incorrect. It was run by the Sisters of Mercy. On 22 November 1897 the Christian Brothers took control of the orphanage. In 1874, the orphanage had been gazetted under the Industrial Schools Act.

The first entries in the surviving admission register date from 1888 and record the admission of two boys, aged two and three years.

In 1901, the boys' orphanage moved to a new site in Manning and continued as Clontarf. The Sisters of Mercy then brought the girls from the Roman Catholic Girls' Orphanage in Victoria Square to live on the site, which became known as the St Joseph's Girls' Orphanage.

Events

13 February 1872 - 1901
Location - Subiaco Boys' Orphanage was established on the site of the Benedictine monastery on Barrett Street, Subiaco. Location: Subiaco

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Publications

Books

  • Coldrey, Barry M., The Scheme: the Christian Brothers and Childcare in Western Australia, Argyle-Pacific Pub., O'Connor, W.A., 1993. pp.20-26. Details
  • Hetherington, Penelope, Paupers, Poor Relief and Poor Housing in Western Australia 1829 to 1910, UWA Publishiing, Crawley, Western Australia, 2009. pp.90-91. Details
  • Pushong, Lyn, Heritage Trail: A journey through the history of MercyCare, MercyCare, 2008. p.8. Details

Reports

  • Report by the Superintendent of Poor Houses, Government Printer, Perth, 1882-1889. 1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889. Details
  • Reports upon the Roman Catholic Orphanages for the Year Ending 30th June 1884, Government Printer, Perth, 1884. Details
  • Annual Report of the Roman Catholic Orphanages for 1884-85, Government Printer, Perth, 1885. Details
  • Report by the Superintendent of Poor Relief, Government Printer, Perth, 1890-1896. 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896. Details
  • Report by the Superintendent of Relief and Inspector of Charitable Institutions for the year, Government Printer, Perth, 1897. Details
  • Report by the Inspector of Charitable Institutions, Government Printer, Perth, 1898. Details
  • Western Australia. Charities Department, Report by the Superintendent of Public Charities and Inspector of Industrial and Reformatory Schools, Government Printer, Perth, [W.A.], 1899-1907. 1899, 1900. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Early photo
Title
Early photo
Type
Image
Date
1859
Source
Mercy Heritage Centre, Buildings 1.08 Subiaco/Wembley. Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 - 2013

Details

Bishop Salvado and Subiaco
Title
Bishop Salvado and Subiaco
Type
Image
Date
1872? - 1876?
Source
Mercy Heritage Centre, Building/Ministry. B 1.00 Subiaco/Wembley . Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846-2013

Details

Reports upon the Roman Catholic Orphanages for the Year Ending 30th June 1884
Title
Reports upon the Roman Catholic Orphanages for the Year Ending 30th June 1884
Type
Document
Date
14 July 1884 - 15 July 1884
Source
State Records Office of Western Australia, Western Australia Votes and Proceedings 1884, Paper No. 27

Details

Subiaco Orphanage Industrial School for Roman Catholic Boys
Title
Subiaco Orphanage Industrial School for Roman Catholic Boys
Type
Image
Date
1900
Source
Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Superintendent of Public Charities and Inspector of Industrial and Reformatory Schools, Report 1900, before p.23

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Report by the Superintendent of Relief and Inspector of Charitable Institutions for the year, Government Printer, Perth, 1897; Report by the Inspector of Charitable Institutions, Government Printer, Perth, 1898; Coldrey, Barry M., The Scheme: the Christian Brothers and Childcare in Western Australia, Argyle-Pacific Pub., O'Connor, W.A., 1993. pp.20-26.; Hetherington, Penelope, Paupers, Poor Relief and Poor Housing in Western Australia 1829 to 1910, UWA Publishiing, Crawley, Western Australia, 2009. pp.90-91..

Prepared by: Debra Rosser