Years of Operation1929 – December 1983
Role Of FacilityCastledare provided residential care for Australian-born children and British and Maltese child migrants. Private admissions were also accommodated.
From 1979, includes Wards and Non-Wards in figures reported for admissions, discharges and total columns.
Sponsoring AgencyChristian Brothers (Roman Catholic).
Other facilities in
Signposts that are
related to the
Sponsoring Agency
See the entry “Christian Brothers” in the earlier section of Signposts, “Non-Government Agencies and their Subsidiary Institutions”
Address(es)Previously Fern Road, Wilson
AliasesSt Vincent’s Boys’ Home; Castledare Special School; Castledare Junior Orphanage; Castledare Boys’ Home
Brief HistoryResidential care provided by the Christian Brothers from 1929 to 1983, originally as a ‘special’ school for boys with learning difficulties, then as a more general educational and residential institution that accommodated boys from various backgrounds, including Wards of the state, child migrants, orphans and private admissions.

The WELSTAT (welfare statistics) Collection of 1979 notes “Salvado Road – Castledare Boys’ Home” as a ‘scattered group home’ (ie. “a family group home whose grounds do not adjoin those of another family group home, or other residential child care establishment, operated by the same enterprise.”) that was operated by an agency other than the Department.

A more detailed chronology of major events, admissions and discharges is included in Table 7.
RecordsAdmission registers are available. Former child migrants can also access information held on the Personal History Index (PHIND).
Departmental case records for young people placed in Castledare programs by the Child Welfare Department or its successor agencies may reside with the Department for Child Protection.
AccessWhile access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire. Please note that Castledare has been closed for some years, and the school buildings no longer exist. Enquiries should be directed to The Archivist, below.
Contact DetailsThe Archivist, Christian Brothers’ Holy Spirit Province
PO Box 1129, Bentley DC 6983.
Telephone: (08) 9365 2813
Facsimile: (08) 9365 2814

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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