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Western Australia - Archival Collection

Salvation Army Book Records and Miscellaneous Files (1898 - 1970)


Salvation Army Book Records and Miscellaneous Files is a collection of records relating to children's Homes in the Salvation Army's Southern Territory (which includes Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and the Northern Territory). These records are held in Melbourne at the Southern Territorial Headquarters. The collection includes admission and discharge records, punishment books, historical records and "miscellaneous incomplete files". The Salvation Army has advised that these records relate to these Homes in WA: the Salvation Army Boys' Home and Hollywood Children's Village in Nedlands; Collie Boys' Home; the Salvation Army Girls' Home in Cottesloe; and Seaforth in Gosnells. There are also registers for Hillcrest and its predecessors: the Cornelie Home in Highgate and The Open Door in Fremantle.


Access Conditions

Care leavers can apply to the Salvation Army for information and records about their time in care.

A two page application form will need to be completed. The form will ask for contact details, personal and family information to assist with a record search and identification. The application requests copies of a drivers licence and birth certificate or 100 points of identification. Those who don't have enough official documents can ask the Care Leavers of Australia Network (CLAN) or the Find & Connect Support Service to confirm their identity to the Salvation Army.

Those applying for information about a third party will need consent from that person or the executor of their estate.


Records relating to Western Australian Homes that are held by the Salvation Army Australian Southern Territory Headquarters in Melbourne include:

  • Files - Miscellaneous Incomplete Files: Nedlands Boys Home
  • Book Records Collie: Collie Boys Home No. 2 (Punishment Book); Collie Girls Home 1910-1920 (Admissions and Discharges)
  • Book Records Cottesloe Girls Home (1959)
  • Book Records Hillcrest (1898-1974, historical records), with record dates inclusive of Cornelie Home and The Open Door
  • Book Records Nedlands/Hollywood (Admittance Book, 1968-1970)
  • Book Records Seaforth Boys Home (Punishment Book 1921-1959)
  • Book Records Seaforth Girls Home (1919-1936)

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Prepared by: Debra Rosser