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Western Australia - Organisation

Methodist Homes for Children (1922 - 1977)

  • Methodist Homes for Children Logo, 1960s and 1970s

    Methodist Homes for Children Logo, 1960s and 1970s, 1960s - 1978s, courtesy of Uniting Church Archives, Western Australia.
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From
1922
To
1977
Categories
Care Provider, Foster Care, Methodist and Uniting Church

The Methodist Homes for Children was the name given to the Methodist Church agency that ran two Homes in Western Australia: the Methodist Children's Home at Victoria Park (from 1922), and the Methodist Boys' Home in the hills east of Perth at Werribee (from 1929). Over time, a number of cottages were opened on the Victoria Park site: Mofflyn House (1925), and Wesley, Guild, Dowerin and Meckering Cottages (1952). In 1962, the Werribee property was closed and the Victoria Park became the main site known as 'Mofflyn'. During the 1960s and 70s, the hostels and cottages opened in Perth metropole included: Cooinda, Warminda, Allandale, Bourkedale, and Meribah. In 1977, the Methodist Homes for Children became the Uniting Church Child and Family Care Services.

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The Methodist Children's Home opened in Victoria Park in 1922 and the Boys' Home at Werribee opened in 1929. The Boys' Home became known as 'Werribee Farm School' and then as 'Allandale'.

From the mid-1950s, the Methodist Homes for Children actively participated in housing Aboriginal children from northern WA. In the Annual Report 1954/1955 (p.4), the Director, Norman Hicks, wrote that the Commonwealth Government's policy of bringing 'selected half caste children' to the south-west to assimilate with the white population was 'wise and timely'. Methodist Homes for Children told the government that they were 'prepared to receive one in five such boys at Werribee and one girl per cottage, but not more than two per cottage at Victoria Park, of such approved selected half-caste children from Croker Island and Millingimbie or similar places'.

In 1962, after the Werribee property was closed and the land was sold, funds were used to develop more cottages in Victoria Park, where the main site (with all its cottages) became known as 'Mofflyn'.

In the1960s and '70s the Methodist Homes for Children opened hostels and scatter cottages in the Perth metropolitan area: Cooinda, Warminda, Allandale, Bourkedale, and Meribah.

After the Methodist Church merged with the Presbyterian and Congregational churches to become the Uniting Church in 1977, the Methodist Homes for Children became the Uniting Church Child and Family Care Services.

The Uniting Church Child and Family Care Services, which was part of the Uniting Church's 'caring services', eventually became known as Mofflyn Child and Family Care Services. In 2006, Mofflyn merged with other Uniting Church agencies to become UnitingCare West.

Timeline

 1922 - 1977 Methodist Homes for Children
       1977 - 1984? Uniting Church Child and Family Care Services
             1984 - 2006 Mofflyn Child and Family Care Services
                   2006 - Uniting WA

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Publications

Books

  • Beresford, Marilyn, Uniting the Mission: the story of the merger and creation of UnitingCare West, UnitingCare West, Perth, Western Australia, 2011, 257 pp. Details
  • Cattermole, Jean, The History of 'Mofflyn' 1909 - 1995, 1995. Details
  • Goulding, D., Creagh, H. and Jenkins, T., The Barefoot Boys of Werribee: the untold story of the Methodist Home for Children, by those who were there, Uniting Church in Australia, Western Australia, 2009. Details

Reports

  • Methodist Homes for Children (W.A.), Annual report / The Methodist Church of Australia (W.A. Conference), The Methodist Homes for Children, Methodist Homes for Children, Victoria Park, 1955?. Details
  • Wilson, Katrin and Michael V. Robinson., Aboriginal Hostels in Perth : A Comparative Survey, Department of Native Welfare, [Perth, W.A.], 1971. Details

Online Resources

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The Barefoot Boys of Werribee
Title
The Barefoot Boys of Werribee
Type
Document
Date
1933?

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Enquiry by Mr. John Moss. Points on which information is needed as to provision for the welfare of children emigrating from the United Kingdom to Australia
Title
Enquiry by Mr. John Moss. Points on which information is needed as to provision for the welfare of children emigrating from the United Kingdom to Australia
Type
Document
Date
10 May 1951
Source
National Archives of Australia

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Minutes of conference of representatives of institutions accommodating migrant children
Title
Minutes of conference of representatives of institutions accommodating migrant children
Type
Document
Date
25 May 1951
Source
National Archives of Australia

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Methodist Homes for Children Response to Moss Questionnaire
Title
Methodist Homes for Children Response to Moss Questionnaire
Type
Document
Date
1 June 1951
Source
National Archives of Australia

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Moss Report Implementation [Excerpt] - Methodist Homes for Children
Title
Moss Report Implementation [Excerpt] - Methodist Homes for Children
Type
Document
Date
12 July 1954
Source
National Archives of Australia,

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Moss Report [Excerpt] - Pocket Money
Title
Moss Report [Excerpt] - Pocket Money
Type
Document
Date
23 February 1955
Source
National Archives of Australia,

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Moss Report Implementation [Excerpt] - Case Histories
Title
Moss Report Implementation [Excerpt] - Case Histories
Type
Document
Date
18 March 1955
Source
National Archives of Australia

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Moss Report Implementation [Excerpt] - Health Examinations
Title
Moss Report Implementation [Excerpt] - Health Examinations
Type
Document
Date
21 April 1955
Source
National Archives of Australia,

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Methodist Homes for Children Logo, 1960s and 1970s
Title
Methodist Homes for Children Logo, 1960s and 1970s
Type
Image
Date
1960s - 1978s
Source
Uniting Church Archives, Western Australia

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The 'Homes' Herald 1965 [Methodist Homes for Children]
Title
The 'Homes' Herald 1965 [Methodist Homes for Children]
Type
Document
Date
December 1965
Source
Uniting Church (Synod of Western Australia) Archives

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The 'Homes' Herald, 1966 [Methodist Homes for Children]
Title
The 'Homes' Herald, 1966 [Methodist Homes for Children]
Type
Document
Date
December 1966
Source
Uniting Church (Synod of Western Australia) Archives

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List of needs, Methodist Homes for Children
Title
List of needs, Methodist Homes for Children
Type
Document
Date
1970s
Source
Uniting Church (Synod of Western Australia) Archives

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Methodist Homes for Children street appeal, 1970
Title
Methodist Homes for Children street appeal, 1970
Type
Document
Date
1 July 1970
Source
Uniting Church (Synod of Western Australia) Archives

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The 'Homes' Herald, 1970 [Methodist Homes for Children]
Title
The 'Homes' Herald, 1970 [Methodist Homes for Children]
Type
Document
Date
December 1970
Source
Uniting Church (Synod of Western Australia) Archives

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The 'Homes' Herald, 1974 [Methodist Homes for Children]
Title
The 'Homes' Herald, 1974 [Methodist Homes for Children]
Type
Document
Date
December 1974
Source
Uniting Church (Synod of Western Australia) Archives

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The 'Homes' Herald, 1978 [Methodist Homes for Children]
Title
The 'Homes' Herald, 1978 [Methodist Homes for Children]
Type
Document
Date
December 1978
Source
Uniting Church (Synod of Western Australia) Archives

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Sources used to compile this entry: 'Methodist Church', The West Australian, 26 February 1921, p. 6, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27957454; Beresford, Marilyn, Uniting the Mission: the story of the merger and creation of UnitingCare West, UnitingCare West, Perth, Western Australia, 2011, 257 pp; Cattermole, Jean, The History of 'Mofflyn' 1909 - 1995, 1995; Goulding, D., Creagh, H. and Jenkins, T., The Barefoot Boys of Werribee: the untold story of the Methodist Home for Children, by those who were there, Uniting Church in Australia, Western Australia, 2009; Information Services, Department for Community Development, 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; Methodist Homes for Children (W.A.), Annual report / The Methodist Church of Australia (W.A. Conference), The Methodist Homes for Children, Methodist Homes for Children, Victoria Park, 1955?; Correspondence via email with Debra Rosser called 'Additional info re stolen gen children to Methodist Homes'. A copy of the email is held in the Find & Connect Project project (FACP) files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser