Mirrabooka House was run by the Salvation Army in the Perth suburb of Mirrabooka from 1987. From around that time, boys resident in the Salvation Army Home in Withnell House, Mt Lawley, moved to Mirrabooka. It mostly accommodated boys aged 15 to 17 while they studied or worked, with the purpose to help young people make the transition to 'independent living'. In 1998 Mirrabooka House became Oasis House.
In 1990, an article in the Salvation Army's newspaper, War Cry reported that the purpose of Mirrabooka House was to provide life skills for up to eight young people of working age who were homeless, and to help them access employment and training programs. It was run by Crossroads west, with a staff of youth workers.
In 1995, Mirrabooka House was described as accommodating young people aged 15-18 years.
1984? - 1987? Withnell House
1987 - 1998 Mirrabooka House
Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, 'pp.340-343', 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.
Prepared by: Anna Trengove, Leanne Howard and Rebe Taylor
Created: 1 April 2014, Last modified: 11 September 2018