Bulungarr Hostel, Wyndham
Years of OperationFebruary 1978 – closed by 1986.
Role Of FacilityPreviously residential child care in a hostel setting, the hostel gradually incorporated the accommodation of Indigenous people attending outpatient clinics in Wyndham.
Sponsoring AgencyUnited Aborigines Mission
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Brief History“A new transient facility – Bulungurr Hostel – was opened in Wyndham in February 1978. This facility is part of the old Native Hospital which was renovated with funds provided by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. It is hoped to have this facility eventually operated by an Aboriginal Community group in Wyndham and it is proposed that this group operated under the auspices of Aboriginal Hostels Ltd. This proposal is still subject to discussion and refinement.” (Annual Report of the Department for Community Welfare, 1978).

“Bulungurr Hostel in Wyndham was established for short term accommodation for individuals or families. The facility has been continuously used during the last year and tends to cater for a variety of needs for accommodation.” (Annual Report of the Department for Community Welfare, 1981).

“Plans are under way for a general upgrading of the Bulungurr Hostel which is used by people from the [Oombulgurri and Kalumburu] communities when they are attending outpatient clinics.” (Annual Report of the Department for Community Welfare, 1982).

“The Bulungurr Hostel situated in the town of Wyndham has been utilized as a transient hostel. However because of its declining use in this area, discussion is occurring with Ngnowar-Aerwah a locally based rehabilitation group to enable them to use part of this facility.” (Annual Report of the Department for Community Welfare, 1984).
RecordsDepartmental 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.
AccessWhile access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire.
Contact DetailsFreedom of Information
Department of Communities
Locked Bag 5000, Fremantle WA 6959
Telephone: (08) 6217 6888
Country free call: 1800 176 888