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Receiving Agency
Receiving Agency was the name given to the organisation named as the ‘custodian’ of children who were sent to Australia as migrants from the United Kingdom or Malta. The term is used mostly for post-World War Two migration, but includes some organisations that were responsible for children who came earlier in the century.
Bindoon (1936 - 1966)
Castledare (1934 - 1983)
Catholic Episcopal Migration and Welfare Association [CEMWA] (1947? - 1970)
Clontarf (1901 - 1983)
Fairbridge Farm School, Pinjarra (1913 - 1981)
Keaney House (1955 - 1965)
Padbury Boys' Farm School (1946 - 1955)
Seaforth Salvation Army Boys' Homes, Gosnells (1920 - 1955)
Seaforth Salvation Army Girls' Home (1920 - 1942)
St Joseph's Girls' Orphanage (1901 - 1971)
St Joseph's Preventorium (1929 - 1976)
St Vincent's Foundling Home (1914 - 1971)
Swan Homes (1943 - 1959)
Tardun Farm School (1928 - 2008)
Tudor Lodge (1952 - 2003)
Receiving Home
The term Receiving Home refers to an institution designed to provide short term 'care' for children before they were sent to a longer term placement (typically a foster home). In Tasmania, this type of institution approximated the size and form of an average family home. Receiving Homes in other states could be large institutions. Sometimes children spent long periods in a Receiving Home, when suitable placements could not be found for them. Children also would return to a Receiving Home after a placement broke down.
Bridgewater Care and Assessment Centre (1969 - 1983)
Child Welfare Reception Home (1953 - 1972)
Government Industrial School (1893 - 1907)
Government Receiving Depot (1907 - 1935)
Government Receiving Home (1935 - 1952)
Malcolm Street Receiving Home (1907)
Methodist Children's Home (1922 - 1959)
Mt Lawley Reception Home (1973 - 1980)
Nazareth House (1941 - 1979?)
Reception Centre
A Reception Centre was an institution designed to provide short term 'care' for children before they were sent to a longer term placement (typically a foster home). Children in Reception Centres often went through a process of 'classification' before being placed. The term came into use around the 1950s. Children would return to a Reception Centre after a foster care or institutional placement broke down.
Female Home [Poor House, Perth] (1851 - 1909)
Records Access Service
A Records Service is an organisation, or part of an organisation, which helps people find and locate records that contain information about them and their time in 'care'.
Activ Foundation (1989 - )
Albany Youth Support Association Inc. (c. 1980 - )
Anglican Diocese of Perth (1856 - )
Anglicare WA (2003 - )
Archives of the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers - Australian Region (c. 1990 - )
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Baptist Union of WA (1896 - )
Benedictines, New Norcia (c. 1846 - )
Calvary Youth Services Mandurah Inc. (1993 - )
Catholic Archdiocese of Perth (1913 - )
Centrecare (1977 - )
Child Protection and Family Support (2017 - ), State of Western Australia
Children's Court of Western Australia (1907 - )
Christian Brothers Oceania Province (2007 - )
Church of England Record Centre, United Kingdom
Department for Child Protection and Family Support (2013 - 2017), State of Western Australia
Department of Corrective Services (2006 - ), State of Western Australia
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (2017 - ), State Government of Western Australia
Father Hudson's Society (1902 - ), United Kingdom
Freedom of Information, Child Protection and Family Support (1992? - )
Girls' Friendly Society (Western Australia) (1888 - )
Global Mission Partners (2012 - )
The Grove Library (1980? - )
Health Department (1984 - ), State of Western Australia
Institute of Sisters of Mercy Australia and Papua New Guinea (2011 - )
Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation (2001 - )
Lady Lawley Cottage by the Sea (1903 - )
Mental Health Museum WA Inc (1991 - )
MercyCare (2002 - )
Mission Australia (1997 - )
National Archives of Australia - Adelaide Office (1998 - )
National Archives of Australia - Perth Office (1998 - )
National Archives of Australia (1998 - )
National Library of Australia (1960 - )
Nedlands Library
Parkerville Children and Youth Care (Inc) (2005 - )
Past Adoption Information and Services (1994? - ), Child Protection and Family Support
The Prince's Trust (1976 - )
Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory Territorial Headquarters (1882? - )
The Salvation Army Heritage Centre, Melbourne, Victoria
Salvation Army Heritage Museum WA (1993 - )
Sisters of Nazareth (1938 - )
Sisters of St John of God (1895 - )
Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (1887 - )
South Perth Hospital Inc (2003 - )
South Perth Library (1960 - )
St John of God Hospital, Subiaco (1898 - )
State Library of New South Wales (1827 - )
State Library of Western Australia (c. 1889 - )
State Records Office of Western Australia (2001 - )
STAY Geraldton (1984 - )
TINOCA (Youth Futures WA) (1986 - )
Tuart Place (2012 - )
United Aborigines Mission (1929 - )
Uniting Church (Synod of Western Australia) Archives (1977 - )
UnitingCare West (2006 - )
Victoria Park Library
Wanslea Family Services (1946 - )
Westcourt Archives (1968? - )
Western Australian Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (1890 - )
Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc (1979 - )
YMCA Perth Inc. (1908 - )
Yorganop Association Incorporated (1986 - )
Youth Legal Service Inc [Western Australia] (1985 - )
Records Holder
A Records Holder is an organisation, family or person which holds records.
Activ Foundation (1989 - )
Albany Youth Support Association Inc. (c. 1980 - )
Anglican Diocese of Perth (1856 - )
Anglicare WA (2003 - )
Archives of the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers - Australian Region (c. 1990 - )
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Australian Red Cross Society (1914 - )
Baptist Union of WA (1896 - )
Benedictines, New Norcia (c. 1846 - )
Bringing Them Home after the Apology oral history project [sound recording] (2009 - ), National Library of Australia
Bringing them home oral history project [sound recording] (1998 - 2002), National Library of Australia
Calvary Youth Services Mandurah Inc. (1993 - )
Catholic Archdiocese of Perth (1913 - )
Catholic Child Welfare Council (1929 - 2003), United Kingdom
Centrecare (1977 - )
Child Protection and Family Support (2017 - ), State of Western Australia
Children's Court of Western Australia (1907 - )
The Children's Society (1881 - ), United Kingdom
Christian Brothers Oceania Province (2007 - )
Church of England Record Centre, United Kingdom
Department for Child Protection and Family Support (2013 - 2017), State of Western Australia
Department of Corrective Services (2006 - ), State of Western Australia
Department of Education and Training (2003 - ), State of Western Australia
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (2017 - ), State Government of Western Australia
Ebenezer Home (1968 - )
Education Department of Western Australia (1994 - 2003), State of Western Australia
Family Court of Western Australia (1976 - )
Father Hudson's Society (1902 - ), United Kingdom
Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording] (2009 - 2012), National Library of Australia
Girls' Friendly Society (Western Australia) (1888 - )
Global Mission Partners (2012 - )
The Grove Library (1980? - )
Health Department (1984 - ), State of Western Australia
Heathcote Museum and Gallery (2007 - )
Institute of Sisters of Mercy Australia and Papua New Guinea (2011 - )
Irrabeena (1961 - )
Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation (2001 - )
Mental Health Museum WA Inc (1991 - )
MercyCare (2002 - )
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, State of Western Australia
Mission Australia (1997 - )
National Archives of Australia - Adelaide Office (1998 - )
National Archives of Australia - Perth Office (1998 - )
National Archives of Australia (1998 - )
National Library of Australia (1960 - )
NCH Action for Children (1869 - ), United Kingdom
Nedlands Library
Nulsen Haven Association (Inc) (1986 - )
Parkerville Children and Youth Care (Inc) (2005 - )
Parliament of Western Australia (1832 - ), State of Western Australia
Past Adoption Information and Services (1994? - ), Child Protection and Family Support
PHIND Personal History Index (1938 - 1965)
Records of child migration to Western Australia (1947 - 1959), National Archives of Australia
Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory Territorial Headquarters (1882? - )
The Salvation Army Heritage Centre, Melbourne, Victoria
Salvation Army Heritage Museum WA (1993 - )
Senses Foundation Inc. (2001 - )
Sisters of Nazareth (1938 - )
Sisters of St John of God (1895 - )
Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (1887 - )
South Perth Hospital Inc (2003 - )
South Perth Library (1960 - )
Special Collections and Archives, University of Liverpool
St John of God Hospital, Subiaco (1898 - )
State Library of New South Wales (1827 - )
State Library of Western Australia (c. 1889 - )
State Records Office of Western Australia (2001 - )
STAY Geraldton (1984 - )
TINOCA (Youth Futures WA) (1986 - )
United Aborigines Mission (1929 - )
Uniting Church (Synod of Western Australia) Archives (1977 - )
Uniting Church Archives Children's Homes Database, Western Australia (1922? - 1980s)
UnitingCare West (2006 - )
Wanslea Family Services (1946 - )
Westcourt Archives (1968? - )
Western Australia Police Service (1853 - )
Western Australian Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (1890 - )
YMCA Perth Inc. (1908 - )
Yorganop Association Incorporated (1986 - )
Youth Legal Service Inc [Western Australia] (1985 - )
Reformatory
The term Reformatory refers to a form of children's institution first promoted by the British nineteenth century child-reformer Mary Carpenter. They were originally intended as a means of separating children who had been convicted of criminal offences from the adult prisoner population. At times, children and young people have been accommodated in adult prisons. In Australia reformatories were used for children who were convicted of offences, but also for children who were, for a variety of reasons, judged as needing strong discipline. These institutions were also known as training schools and training institutions.
Anglican Farm School, Stoneville (1955 - 1961)
Cosmo Newbery Native Settlement (1951 - 1953)
Hillston Point Walter Annexe (1958? - 1984?)
Hillston, Anglican Farm School, Stoneville (1962 - 1969)
Hillston, Stoneville (1969 - 1984)
Methodist Girls' Home (1917 - 1924)
Redhill Reformatory School (1903 - 1922)
Riverbank (1960 - 1996)
Rottnest Island Reformatory (1881 - 1902)
Salvation Army Industrial School for Boys [Collie] (1901 - 1920)
Salvation Army Industrial School for Girls, Collie (1901 - 1920)
Seaforth Salvation Army Boys' Reformatory (1920 - 1955)
Seaforth Salvation Army Girls' Home (1920 - 1942)
Religious Order
The term Religious Order refers to a group composed of initiated people committed to a particular set of values within a Church – within Christianity this often refers to religious Brothers (monks) and Sisters (nuns).
Australasian Province of the Christian Brothers (1885 - 1953)
Benedictine Missionary Sisters (1904 - )
Benedictines, New Norcia (c. 1846 - )
Christian Brothers Oceania Province (2007 - )
Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance (Trappists) (1895 - )
Community of the Sisters of the Church (1908 - )
Holy Spirit Province of the Christian Brothers (1967 - 2007)
Marist Order (c. 1837 - )
Oblates of Mary Immaculate (1894 - )
Pallottines (Society of the Catholic Apostolates) (1901 - )
Presentation Sisters, Society of Australian Congregations of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sisters of Mercy (1846 - 2011)
Sisters of Nazareth (1938 - )
Sisters of St Elizabeth of Hungary (1928 - 1957)
Sisters of St John of God (1895 - )
Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (1887 - )
Sisters of the Church (1901 - 1908)
Sisters of the Good Shepherd (1902 - )
Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent (1933 - 1941)
St Patrick's Province of the Christian Brothers (1953 - 1967)
Residential Care
The term Residential Care refers to models of out-of-home care that emerged from around the 1980s, including Residential Units. Residential Care is different to Home-Based Care (such as foster care or kinship care). Residential Units are usually run by Community Service Organisations or Non-Government Organisations.
Carnarvon Group Home (1997 - )
Jibson House (2011 - 2014)