Alinjarra Cottage, Salvation Army
Years of Operation1986 – closed, along with all cottages on the Hollywood Children’s Village site by January, 1991.
Role Of FacilityShort term and emergency care for boys and girls in a family-type setting with Cottage Parents.
Sponsoring AgencySalvation Army
Other facilities in
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related to the
Sponsoring Agency
See the entry “Salvation Army” in the earlier section of Signposts, “Non-Government Agencies and their Subsidiary Institutions”
Address(es)Alinjarra was situated on the Hollywood Children’s Village campus
AliasesHollywood Children’s Village (see entry, Salvation Army Boys’ Home).
Brief HistoryIn 1986, an additional cottage, Alinjarra, opened in the Hollywood Children’s Village to cater for children needing short-term and emergency care.
“Caregivers in group homes comprise one couple who live-in, ideally caring for up to eight children. Generally, the husband continues in his existing employment, with the wife paid either an honorarium or wage. Group homes operate on a model where substitute care is provided until changes in the circumstances of the child’s original caregivers permit their return home. In some instances a child may move on to other carers on a more permanent basis (as in adoption) or with older youth to semi-independent accommodation. Group care services provided through the non-government sector fall under the mandate of the Consultative Committee on Residential Child Care, and provide cottage care via salaried child care worker staff. The contemporary trend towards community based group care services for children is resulting in the closure of institutionalized settings and campus-based residential facilities.” (Submission of the Department for Community Services to the Residential Planning Review Taskforce, March 31st 1987).
“The crisis-care cottage at Alinjarra has not had the consistently high referrals expected during the year. The cottage parent model has placed some restrictions on the admissions as they are unable to cope with a constantly changing population of children with emotional and behavioural problems. The agency will be reviewing the use of this cottage early in 1988.” (Report on the Activities of the Consultative Committee in 1986/87, Consultative Committee on Residential Child Care November 1987).
The Salvation Army Boys’ Home (Hollywood Village) has its own entry in Signposts, and this should be consulted as it gives more information about campus life there.
RecordsDepartmental case records for young people placed in Salvation Army programs by the Department may reside with the Department for Child Protection.
The Heritage Museum at the Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters has a range of information about Army practices and facilities and holds some photographs and various other pieces of information.
In its Melbourne office, the Salvation Army has a searchable database of “The War Cry” for the years 1889-1896; 1896-1907; and 1910 forward. The War Cry edition for the Southern Territories includes information about Western Australia.
AccessWhile access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire.
Contact DetailsSalvation Army Records:
The Salvation Army
Territorial Headquarters, Southern Territory
(95 Railway Road, Blackburn)
PO Box 479, Blackburn VIC 3130

Salvation Army Museum:
The Salvation Army Historical Society,
333 William Street, Northbridge WA 6003
Telephone: (08) 9227 7010 Facsimilie: (08) 9227 7134

For people wishing to access information about the Salvation Army and particular residential facilities:
The State Library of Western Australia,
Alexander Library Building, State Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000.
Telephone: (08) 9427 3111 (local) or 1800 198 107 (WA country callers)
Facsimilie: (08) 9427 3256 Email:
Opening hours for the Library at time of publication are:
Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm; Friday 9am-5:30pm;
Saturday/Sunday 10am-5:30pm

Freedom of Information
Department of Communities
Locked Bag 5000, Fremantle WA 6959
Telephone: (08) 6217 6888
Country free call: 1800 176 888