2 Norbert Street, EAST PERTH. W.A.
- March 1965. House allocated as a Centre for social Work amongst the mixed blood people of East Perth. The house was in a dirty and decrepit condition, and had to be cleaned, repaired and decorated. Here you see a church Youth Group painting outside. Valerie Little helped with the inside.
- This is the view from the balcony showing a house across the street, St. Mary’s R.C. Cathedral and the Royal Perth Hospital.
- View over adjoining back yards from the upper windows at the back of the house. There are very few two storey houses in W.A. The large tree is a jacaranda smothered with blue flowers in the Spring, before the leaves form. One of the few deciduous trees.
- The outside of the Family centre when ready for opening Easter Sunday 1965. Opened by His grace the archbishop of Perth.
- Close up of the Mission badge designed originally when most of the work was carried out by Missioners living in caravans and working only in country centres.
- The Team…. Miss Elliott.
- ……………… Miss Street
- …………………….Sister C. McDonald of the Church Army seconded to work with the Mission. She is half white and half aboriginal, was brought up on a Mission station, sent as a boarder to High school at Alice Springs, trained as a Kindergarten teacher in Adelaide, then the Church Army College in Sydney. Her special duties are house and hospital visiting.
- A group of mixed blood boys and a girl, some of the first callers. The coloured people here call themselves “Noongars’ and white people ‘Wojalas’. There are very few full blood aboriginals in this part of Australia.
- A group of Noongar children in the back garden in the early days after opening the Centre.
- In the early months the Centre was kept open in the evenings and here are three brothers enjoying handwork.
- Here are a group of girls making scrap books.
- Some of the girls wanted to learn to knit. Miss Street is here instructing June and Hilda Quartermaine.
- A group of younger children playing ‘statues’ to the music of the piano played by Sister McDonald.
- This photo is rather too dark. June is holding baby Elizabeth. June is now (1967) at High School, and there are two brothers younger.
- Quartermaine family 1966.
- Woods Family 1966.
- Games in the garden.
- Here are a group of little boys enjoying a bath. There is now a good hot water system for baths and showers. This is a free service used by all ages. Toilet soap, a clean towel and a razor if required, are supplied.
- Interior of the shop showing two customers and miss Street. The original idea of the shop was a means of getting to know the local people and make friends with them. They are very shy of strangers.
- The car in which Miss Elliott takes pre-school age children to kindergarten daily, and patients to hospital clinics when necessary.
- Shop window painted by Sister for Christmas, being admired by the Rev. E.C. King, Director of the Mission.
- Miss Elliott and Miss Street outside front entrance.
- Sister McDonald and two children.
The object of the Centre is to help in the integration of the Fringe Dwellers who are gravitating more and more into the Metropolitan area from Native Reserves on the fringes of country towns. They are obtaining accommodation in old sub standard dwellings where they live in very overcrowded conditions with inadequate conveniences – all most unhygienic.
An infant Welfare Clinic has been established, and is conducted by an Infant health Service Sister each Thursday morning.
It would be difficult to carry on without the assistance of voluntary helpers.
This document is from the personal papers of Mary Elliott – the language is that of the author