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Western Australia - Organisation

McDonald House (1952 - 1985?)

Anglican, Government-run, Home and Hostel

McDonald House was established in 1952 by the Department of Native Welfare as a hostel for Aboriginal boys attending high school in Perth. It later became an 'annexe' of Hillston (1955-1983) and Riverbank (1984-1985). It was originally located in West Perth before moving to Mount Lawley in 1963. The Anglican Church ran McDonald House from 1958 until around 1972.



August 1952 - 1963
Address - McDonald House was located at 11 Carr Street, West Perth. Location: West Perth
1963 - 1985?
Address - McDonald House was located at 11 Vale Road, Mount Lawley. Location: Mount Lawley



  • Wilson, Katrin and Michael V. Robinson., Aboriginal Hostels in Perth : A Comparative Survey, Department of Native Welfare, [Perth, W.A.], 1971. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Native Boys Meet Premier', The West Australian, 9 October 1954, p. 5,; Information Services, Department for Community Development, 'McDonald House', Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004,; State Solicitor's Office of Western Australia, 'p.84', Guide to Institutions Attended by Aboriginal People in Western Australia, Government of Western Australia, 2005,; Telephone Directory Western Australia Perth, (1970, p.42; 1972-73, p.47).

Prepared by: Debra Rosser