Albany Residential College is a hostel for students attending high school in Albany. It is likely that the hostel was opened around 1974. According to evidence given in the St Andrew's Hostel inquiry, the Albany Residential College was known as Amity House during the last decades of the twentieth century.
Appropriate staffing at the Albany hostel in the 1970s was the subject of evidence in the St Andrew's Hostel Inquiry in 2012.
According to evidence given in this inquiry, the Albany Residential College was known as Amity House during the last decades of the twentieth century. The manager of Amity House 1987-2001 was Nicholas Finnbar (Barry) Christy. From 1977 to around 1979, a brother and sister-in-law of convicted sex offenders Dennis and Neil McKenna, were employed as supervisors at the Amity Hostel in Albany. At that time, 26 children, including some young people on apprenticeships, boarded at the hostel.
It was not uncommon for children who were Wards of the State to be boarded in hostels run by the Country High School Hostels Authority.
Sources used to compile this entry: Redress WA Guidelines: Guidelines to Provide for an Ex Gratia Payment to Persons Abused and/or Neglected as Children While in State Care, Government of Western Australia, 18 May 2011; Public Sector Commission, Western Australia, 'Inquiry - St Andrew's Hostel - Public Hearing Transcript - 23 February 2012 pp.236-237; 27 February 2012 p.500; 10 May 2012 pp.2896-2897, 2930, 2932', Transcripts [St Andrew's Hostel Inquiry], Government of Western Australia, 19 September 2012, http://www.publicsector.wa.gov.au/public-administration/sector-performance-and-oversight/reviews-investigations-and-special-inquiries/special-inquiries/st-andrews-hostel-inquiry/transcripts; 'Albany High School - Hostel - Erection - Commission to Private Architect - M.A. Feilman & Partners.' (1972-1974), State Records Office of Western Australia, AU WA S82- cons1608 1972/1166, accessed via State Records Office of WA website on 28 August 2015.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 16 January 2012, Last modified: 18 September 2015