A residential facility providing accommodation for young people. The first government hostels provided accommodation for young men and women who were wards of the state but had reached an age where they were working or seeking work. Hostels permitted residents to come and go daily with the consent of the matron or superintendent. Other non-government hostels often accommodated young people moving from the country to the city for employment. In the 1980s many youth hostels were established to cater for young people. Hostels were also established specifically for Aboriginal people coming to the City for education, work or health reasons.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 4 November 2011, Last modified: 5 May 2015