Archibald House, in New Farm, was a Presbyterian and Methodist Hostel for girls and young women. It was run by the Presbyterian and Methodist Church Council and opened in 1930. A closing date has not been determined, however it was still in operation in 1958.
The two-storied timber home, known as 'Glenugie', was donated to the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches by the Archibald Family. The hostel was established in 1930 to provide board and residence to girls and young women from the country for a low fee. The 1958 Directory of Social Services, Queensland, describes single rooms, double rooms, or dormitories as the available accomodation for residents. Archibald House could provide accomodation for up to 36 residents.
When the W. R. Black home was evacuated during World War II, the older girls were sent to Archibald House. If there were no family members to take them in when they reached working age, they remained under the care of the Home Committee until they turned 21.
Presbyterian church records indicate that older girls from the Church-run 'out-of-care' institutions were sent to Archibald house to board in the 1940s. It became a permanent home for those girls working in Brisbane.
A closing date for Archibald House has not yet been determined, however it is not mentioned in the 1968 Directory of Social Services, Queensland, suggesting it may have closed by this date.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Hostel for Girls', Brisbane Courier, 4 August 1930, p. 14, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article21571366; 'AT HOME AT ARCHIBALD HOUSE', Brisbane Courier, 9 November 1931, p. 16, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article21761015; Minutes of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland Assembly: Report of the Committee on the Hostel for Girls, Presbyterian Church of Queensland, 1931; 'Delegates at Girls' Hostel', Courier Mail, 1 June 1937, p. 20, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/37063505; 'Readers Ask', Courier Mail, 27 August 1947, p. 3, supplement, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49317830; 'Glenugie', in Queensland Heritage Register, 2016, https://environment.ehp.qld.gov.au/heritage-register/detail/?id=600262#; Social Work Staff, Faculty of Education, University of Queensland, Directory of Social Services Queensland, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1958, http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/eserv/UQ:241555/HV474_Q44D57_1958.pdf; Email contact with Presbyterian Church of Queensland Archivist, Dianne Parker on 19 September 2013; 26 September 2013 and 7 November 2013; and November 2014.
Prepared by: Lee Butterworth
Created: 18 September 2013, Last modified: 19 October 2018