Years of Operation1901 – December 1983
Role Of FacilityClontarf provided residential care for Australian-born children and British and Maltese child migrants by the Christian Brothers.
Sponsoring AgencyChristian Brothers
Other facilities in
Signposts that are
related to the
Sponsoring Agency
See the entry “Christian Brothers” in the earlier section of Signposts, “List of Facilities”
Address(es)Previously, Manning Road, Bentley (Queen’s Park, Wilson).
AliasesClontarf Boys’ Town; St Joseph’s Orphanage
Brief HistoryResidential care provided by the Christian Brothers from a site on the banks of the Canning River in what is now Manning in 1901. The site now houses the Clontarf Aboriginal College.
A chronology of major events, admissions and discharges is included in Table 10.
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 Clontarf 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 Clontarf is now an Aboriginal College and does not hold any historical information on-site. 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