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Western Australia - Archival Collection

Records of Christian Brothers Children's Institutions in Western Australia (1888 - 1983)


Records of Christian Brothers Children's Institutions in Western Australia collection includes records from 1888 to 1983 relating to children's institutions run by the Christian Brothers in Western Australia. The collection includes admission registers and photographs along with some other records about Subiaco Boys' Orphanage; Bindoon; Castledare; Clontarf Boys' Orphanage; and Tardun Farm School.


Access Conditions

Conditional Access - Former residents (and their families) can contact the Heritage and Information Service at MacKillop Family Services to gain access to records. The Heritage and Information Service recommends people contact them through the Records Enquiry Form on the website.


The collection dates from 1888 until 1983 when the Christian Brothers stopped being a 'care provider'. The Christian Brothers collection contains admission registers from the Children's Homes run by the Christian Brothers and an admission register from the Subiaco Boys' Orphanage which had been run by the Benedictines and the Sisters of Mercy before the Christian Brothers took over. The admission registers are incomplete. There are also photographs in the collection, some of the photographs held in the collection identify the children pictured, but most do not. There are some other records.

In August 2019, these records were relocated from the Westcourt Archives in Perth to MacKillop Family Services in Victoria.

The collection includes records about:

  • Bindoon (1936-2002)
  • Castledare (including Castledare Special School) (1929-1983)
  • Clontarf Boys' Orphanage (1901-1983)
  • Subiaco Boys' Orphanage (1888-1901)
  • Tardun (1928-2008)



  • Coldrey, Barry M., The Scheme: the Christian Brothers and Childcare in Western Australia, Argyle-Pacific Pub., O'Connor, W.A., 1993. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Christian Brothers, Oceania Province, WA', in JS Battye Library of West Australian History Collection, State Library of Western Australia, 2012,; National Directory of Records of Catholic Organisations Caring for Children Separated from Families, A Piece of the Story: A Research Project Undertaken by the Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission and the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes, November 1999,

Prepared by: Debra Rosser and Nicola Laurent