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Western Australia - Organisation

Medina Education and Employment Hostel (1971? - 1983)

Government-run, Home and Hostel
Alternative Names
  • Gilmore (also known as)

Medina Education and Employment Hostel was a government-run hostel for Aboriginal students. It opened around 1971, possibly being run by the Department of Native Welfare and then, in 1972, transferred to the Department for Community Welfare. In 1983 it became a government-run community support hostel.


Education and employment hostels, such as Medina, were operated by or in association with the Native Welfare Department mostly from the mid to late 1960s and early 1970s but came under the administration of the Community Welfare Department from 1972.

It is uncertain from government reports (Signposts 2004, pp.329-330) exactly when the Medina Education and Employment Hostel opened but it was possibly during the 1971-1972 year. It continued to provide accommodation for Aboriginal students in a hostel that was located in a suburban house.

The Medina Education and Employment Hostel closed in May 1983 and the premises were used as a community support hostel.


1971? - May 1983
Location - Medina Education and Employment Hostel was located on Gilmore Avenue, Medina. Location: Medina



  • 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: Information Services, Department for Community Development, 'pp.329-331', Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004,; State Records Office of Western Australia, Wards - Director's Approval to Transfer from one Institution to Another and Amend Training, Reference Code AU WA S1099- cons2607 A0191 V4 (p.185) - page numbers refer to PDF page number in digital file held by the Department of Communities (Child Protection and Family Support) in 2017.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser