Gilmore House, in Medina, was opened in 1988 as a government-run group home that accommodated children, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, from the southwestern metropolitan area. It was located in premises previously occupied by the Medina Hostel. It is uncertain how long Gilmore House operated, but it possibly had closed by 2005. In 2014, the premises were used by the Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre Kwinana and Rockingham.
Government reports (Signposts 2004, pp.221, 330) suggest that Gilmore House might have been developed to meet additional demand for accommodation for children who were unable to live at home or in foster placements. It is possible that Gilmore House and the Medina Hostel were both operating for a period in the 1980s until the Medina Hostel closed.
1971? - 1983 Medina Education and Employment Hostel
1983 - 1990? Medina Hostel
1988 - 2005? Gilmore House Group Home
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre Kwinana and Rockingham', Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet, Edith Cowan University, 2013, http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/; Information Services, Department for Community Development, 'pp.221, 329-330', Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004, http://signposts.cpfs.wa.gov.au/pdf/pdf.aspx.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 15 March 2011, Last modified: 24 June 2014