The Women's Home in Fremantle was established by the government as a continuation of the Female Home (Women's Home, Poor House) in Perth. Children and women who were intellectually disabled, destitute or pregnant and destitute, were moved from Perth into the buildings that had previously been the Fremantle Lunatic Asylum. It seems that very few children were admitted after the relocation, but it continued to function as a lying-in home for single and destitute women.
1851 - 1909 Female Home [Poor House, Perth]
1909 - ? Women's Home, Fremantle
Sources used to compile this entry: Hetherington, Penelope, Paupers, Poor Relief and Poor Housing in Western Australia 1829 to 1910, UWA Publishiing, Crawley, Western Australia, 2009. p.153.; Report by the Superintendent of Public Charities, 1910 [Document].
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 20 August 2013, Last modified: 23 June 2014