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Catholic Diocese of Perth (1845 - 1913)

  • Reports upon the Roman Catholic Orphanages for the Year Ending 30th June 1884

    Reports upon the Roman Catholic Orphanages for the Year Ending 30th June 1884, 14 July 1884 - 15 July 1884, courtesy of State Records Office of Western Australia, Western Australia Votes and Proceedings 1884, Paper No. 27.
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From
1845
To
1913
Categories
Care Provider, Catholic, Church and Diocese

The Catholic Diocese of Perth began in 1845 and extended from Albany to Darwin. Its vast territory was reduced over the years with the establishment of other Catholic Dioceses in Western Australia. From its beginning, the Perth Diocese has been active in the establishment and operation of Orphanages, Industrial Schools, Missions and Children's Homes around the colony and State. Many residential facilities and placement agencies for children have also been run by Catholic religious orders or social welfare service agencies. In 1913, the Diocese of Perth was elevated to the Archdiocese of Perth.

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The Catholic Church has been involved in out of home care in Western Australia since the early days of European settlement. In latter years, this involvement has resulted in much controversy.

The Catholic Church in Western Australia has had a long history of involvement in out of home care. The Bishop of Perth was been a key figure in the establishment and operation of orphanages, Industrial Schools, Missions and Children's Homes around the colony and State. A number of residential facilities were run by Catholic religious orders or social welfare service agencies. These religious orders included: the Benedictines; the Christian Brothers; the Sisters of Mercy; the Oblates of Mary Immaculate; the Pallottines (Society of the Catholic Apostolate); the Sisters of the Good Shepherd; the Sisters of St John of God; and the Sisters of Nazareth. In addition, the Schoenstatt Sisters were involved with the Wandering (St Xavier) Mission, the Presentation Sisters with Christian Brothers' institutions, and the Sisters of St Joseph ran St Joseph's Preventorium, Kellerberrin.

Events

1845 - 1913
Location - The Diocese of Perth was located in East Perth. Location: East Perth

Timeline

 1845 - 1913 Catholic Diocese of Perth
       1913 - Catholic Archdiocese of Perth

Related Organisations

Publications

Books

  • Coldrey, Barry M., The Scheme: the Christian Brothers and Childcare in Western Australia, Argyle-Pacific Pub., O'Connor, W.A., 1993. Details
  • Hetherington, Penelope, Paupers, Poor Relief and Poor Housing in Western Australia 1829 to 1910, UWA Publishiing, Crawley, Western Australia, 2009. Details
  • Weller, Helen [editor] with assistance from Roy Hamilton and John Harper, Sister Michael Kelly, vol. 2, Access Press, Northbridge, W.A., 1994. Details

Journals

  • Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Perth (ed.), The Record, 1874-. Details

Reports

  • Reports upon the Roman Catholic Orphanages for the Year Ending 30th June 1884, Government Printer, Perth, 1884. Details
  • Annual Report of the Roman Catholic Orphanages for 1884-85, Government Printer, Perth, 1885. Details

Resources

Online Resources

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Reports upon the Roman Catholic Orphanages for the Year Ending 30th June 1884
Title
Reports upon the Roman Catholic Orphanages for the Year Ending 30th June 1884
Type
Document
Date
14 July 1884 - 15 July 1884
Source
State Records Office of Western Australia, Western Australia Votes and Proceedings 1884, Paper No. 27

Details

Report of the Select Committee of the Legislative Council on the State Children Act Amendment Bill
Title
Report of the Select Committee of the Legislative Council on the State Children Act Amendment Bill
Type
Document
Date
19 November 1918
Source
State Records Office Western Australia, Western Australia Votes and Proceedings 1918 Vol.2 Paper A2
Note
pp.18-20

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Catholic Archdiocese of Perth [website], http://www.perthcatholic.org.au; Hetherington, Penelope, Paupers, Poor Relief and Poor Housing in Western Australia 1829 to 1910, UWA Publishiing, Crawley, 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; Report of the Select Committee of the Legislative Council on the State Children Act Amendment Bill [Document], Date: 19 November 1918.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser