Malcolm Street Receiving Home was established by the Sisters of the Church in 1907, possibly to accommodate infants who could not be placed at the Waif's Home, Parkerville. It is likely that the Malcolm Street Receiving Home was open for a short period of time.
Whittington (in Sister Kate 1999, p.131) reports that around May 1907, the Sisters opened a 'receiving home' for infants in rented premises at 37 Malcolm Street, Perth (the Malcolm Street Receiving Home). Within its first few weeks, it had 10 'inmates'. Some infants were kept at the Home, and others were boarded out (placed with a foster parent in a private home). According to Whittington (p.135), the Home was 'probably' opened because the infants could not be accommodated at Parkerville. Whittington makes no further mention of the Malcolm Street Receiving Home, so it may have operated for only a short time.
Sources used to compile this entry: Whittington, Vera, Sister Kate: a life dedicated to children in need of care, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, Western Australia, 1999. pp.131, 135..
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 19 November 2014, Last modified: 28 November 2014