Carinya Youth Hostel (1965 – current)


  • Auspice: The Salvation Army
  • Name: Carinya Youth Hostel
  • Address: Bowen St, Camberwell (1965–75); Droop St, Footscray (1975–80); Orbital Drive, Kealba (1980–?)

Carinya Youth Hostel history in brief

in 1965, the Salvation Army established Carinya Youth Hostel in Camberwell to provide accommodation for girls in a cottage home environment.

In 1975 it moved to Footscray, and later moved again to Kealba. In 1980, The Salvation Army (TSA) and the Department of Community Welfare Services established residential units in the Western Region in two stages over 1980–82.

(NOTE: Find and Connect  says that the Carinya Youth Hostel was brought under the auspice of The Salvation Army Westcare in February 1981. The Salvation Army’s Westcare website says that the Carinya Youth Hostel became part of TSA Western Region Youth and Child Care circa 1985)

In 1982, 'Cornwall Cottage' Family Group Home opened in Sunshine, followed the following year by Rivendell Adolescent Unit and in the next two years, Beech Court Adolescent Unit.

In January 1982, these services were incorporated as Western Region Family Service. In 1990, the auspice’s name formally changed to 'Westcare'.

In 1995, Westcare became part of the Salvation Army Crossroads.

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Guide to Out of Home Care Services 1940 – 2000 Volume One Agency Descriptions, Compiled by James Jenkinson Consulting North Melbourne, November 2001.

Website: The Salvation Army, Westcare

List of records held by the department

For information relating to the central management of care leavers and wards of state, please consult the guide to Central department wardship and out-of-home care records. These collections date back to the 1860s, and include ward registers, index cards and ward files.  

Departmental administration

Staffing Priorities Committee Homes and Hostels Files (1976–83)

File; Temporary

Content: Files documenting the recommendations for staffing positions for homes and hostels; correspondence between the Minister of Community Welfare Services and senior officers; funding information. The Staffing Priorities Committee made recommendations to the minister regarding priority of positions required. Individual homes and hostels are listed accompanied by comprehensive material concerning each home, family group home or hostel. There are also minutes from the approved children's homes and hostels meetings, 1978–80.

The specific file relating to Carinya Hostel dates 1977–78.

Note that this collection has had all permanent material removed and placed below.

Staffing Priorities Committee, Homes and Hostels, Correspondence, Guidelines for Operation and Minutes of Meetings (1976–80)

File; Unappraised

Content: Files comprising: ministerial correspondence, Staffing Priority Committee minutes and list of members.

Reviewed 21 September 2016