Canning Highway Bethel Inc. Hostel
Years of OperationFrom at least 1970 for an unknown period.
Role Of FacilityResidential child care for Indigenous students in a hostel setting.
Other facilities in
Signposts that are
related to the
Sponsoring Agency
See the entry “Bethel Inc.” in the earlier section of Signposts, “Non-Government Agencies and their Subsidiary Institutions”
Address(es)834 Canning Highway, Applecross
Brief History“At the time of our survey [1971], a houseparent couple were not in residence, and the work was being temporarily undertaken by Mr. Shedley [see Bethel Inc. entry]. It is a mixed household of boys and girls, again, all students.” (Wilson and Robinson (1971) Aboriginal Hostels in Perth: A Comparative Survey).
Bethel Inc. has its own entry in Signposts, and this should be consulted as it gives more information about the individual hostels.
RecordsIt is unknown whether any records are still in existence.
While the Department of Native Welfare placed some children in Bethel Inc. homes, the placements were mostly arranged privately.

Departmental records for children placed by the Department of Community Welfare or the Department of Native Welfare may exist. Of particular interest, if able to be located, are the Department of Native Welfare “Resident Details Information Sheet (1) Hostel and Private Board Placement ” and “Resident Details Information Sheet (2) Hostel and Private Board Placement”.

Additionally, the Department for Child Protection’s Aboriginal Index and the guide, “Looking West”, should be consulted for information.

According to the The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website , the State Records Office in Western Australia “holds extensive records relating to missions.” Contact details are below.
AccessAccess to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, but people are encouraged to enquire.
Contact DetailsFreedom of Information
Department for Child Protection
PO Box 6334, East Perth WA 6892
Telephone: (08) 9222 2555
Facsimile: (08) 9222 2776
Country free call: 1800 000 277

For general information relating to missions:
State Records Office, Alexander Library Building
James St West Entrance
Perth WA 6000.
Search Centre: GroundFloor Mon-Fri:9.30am-4.30pm
Telephone: (08) 9427 3360
Facsimile: (08) 9427 3368