St Mary's Hostel, Alice Springs


National Archives of Australia
Darwin Office
Series F1 Item 1951/638 PART 2
Australian Board of Missions, St Mary's Hostel, Alice Springs

Correspondence 20. 3.1953

About return to school of the boy Frank Forrester, a former
resident at St Mary's Hostel.

Correspondence 23. 3.1953

Joseph (not Frank) Forrester and Janice Roberts returned
to St Mary's Hostel on 15. 2.1953.

Correspondence 26. 3.1953

Medical Superintendent, Alice Springs, advised that he examined
two halfcaste children, Doris Green and Bessie Connor who have
been admitted to St Mary's Hostel.

Doris has an old trachoma of both eyes. Bessie has no problems.

Correspondence 26. 3.1953

ST MARY'S HOSTEL, ALICE SPRINGS

      The following matters have been raised by Sister
Eileen Heath of the abovementioned Hostel.

1. Approval is requested to the admission of the child Daniel Forrester,
   aged six years. Other members of his family are at present inmates
   of the Institution.

2. Mrs Ruby Turner has made application to Sister Heath for another of
   her children, Joyce, aged 8 years, to the institution. Mrs Turner
   is being supported by Tommy Maddern, quadroon, who is contract
   fencing on a Station out from Alice Springs. The reason for this
   request is that Turner desires to join Maddern. The circumstances
   of this family are such that responsibility for fees will rest with
   this Branch.

   Mrs Turner is dependant on contributions received from Maddern which
   are irregular, a circumstance dictated by the nature of his work and
   isolation. The child Joyce is a ward of this Branch.

3. Sister Heath reports that a former inmate named Kathleen Taylor, aged
   15 years in September, 1952 has proceeded to Darwin apparently without
   her parents consent, and is seeking employment there. The child's mother,
   who formerly resided at Newcastle Waters, does not desire her daughter's
   return provided she is under proper supervision. Sister is also anxious
   to know her whereabouts as she is still receiving child endowment
   payments in respect of the child, and desires to inform the Department
   of Social Services as to the method of future payments.

It would be appreciated if these matters could be investigated and a reply
received in due course.

R K McCaffery
District Superintendent.

Correspondence 2. 4.1953

                   Kathleen Taylor

You are advised that Kathleen is staying with her brother Jim Taylor
at Mr Herb Collins' residence in Darwin, and is employed at the
Darwin Hospital. Their father visits the children on his periodic
trips to Darwin.

The child is in a good home, and Kathleen is contented in her
employment.

F H Moy
Director of Native Affairs

Correspondence 29. 4.1953

           Commital Notices St Mary's Hostel

I refer to the undermentioned wards of this Branch and would appreciate
notices being prepared committing them to St Mary's Hostel, Alice
Springs:-

Name                                   Date of Birth

Joyce Turner                           23 March 1946
Kathleen Wilson                        1 July 1941
Geoffrey Oliver                        1 July 1944

Your early advice in this matter would be appreciated.

R K McCaffery
District Superintendent

Correspondence 28 May 1953

           Commital Notices St Mary's Hostel

Kathleen Wilson - Born 1st July, 1941 at Mt Doreen.
                  Father is Alec Wilson, halfcaste of Mt Doreen
                  Mother is Aborigine Kitty of Mt Doreen
                  Father and mother are tribally married
                  Admitted to St Mary's Hostel 4th March 1953.
                  The father of Kathleen agreed, through Mrs
                  Braitling, to pay 7/6d weekly towards the
                  maintenance of Kathleen whilst in residence
                  at St Mary's. However, to date, no payments
                  have been made and this matter is being taken
                  up further with Alec Wilson through Mrs
                  Braitling.

Geoffrey Oliver - Born 1st July, 1944 at Alice Springs
                  Alleged father is William Oliver, whereabouts unknown
                  Mother Aborigine Georgina Bangarda.
                  Admitted to St Mary's Hostel 4th March 1953

E C Evans
Acting District Superintendent

Correspondence 12. 8.1953

           St Mary's Hostel Committal Warrants

I refer to our telephone conversations of the 10th and 11th August, 1953,
regarding children at St Mary's Hostel for whom no committal warrants are
help and advise as follows:-

Name                 Mother             Father          Date of Birth  Registered   Notes

Laure Burke          Marie Burke        Unknown         21.12.1939?     No
Wendy Burke          Marie Burke        Unknown          1. 8.1941?     No

Rona Glynn           Topsy              Unknown         24. 9.1936      Yes
Freda Glynn          Topsy              Unknown         24. 8.1939      Yes
Janice Roberts       Alice Roberts      Unknown         25. 5.1943      No

Cecily Huddleston    No information available            4. 8.1935?

All the above children are ex Mulgoa, New South Wales,possibly the Registrar
of Births, Darwin, might have additional information.

Janet Forrester      Mary Forrester     Unknown         App 17 yrs      No          20.??.1936
Ruth Forrester       Mary Forrester     Unknown         20. 4.1942?     No
Joe Forrester        Mary Forrester     Unknown         27. 2.1940?     No
Daniel Forrester     Mary Forrester     Unknown         App 6 yrs       No          20. 7.1947
Walter Forrester     Mary Forrester     Unknown         26. 2.1944      Yes

Doris Bransen        Emily              Unknown         25. 2.1939      No

Eileen Davidson      No information available           29. 9.1940?     No

Joyce Turner         Ruby               Unknown         App 9 yrs       No          19. 8.1944

Barbara Ansell       Lorna Ansell       Jack Ansell     30. 8.1945      No
Patricia Ansell      Lorna Ansell       Jack Ansell     App 6 yrs       No          20.??.1947

Peggy Arden          No information available           App 9 yrs       No          20. 9.1944

Norma Baxter         Ada Baxter         Unknown         28. 7.1944      Yes

Kathleen Wilson      Kitty              Alex Wilson H/C  1. 7.1941      Yes

Nora Davis           Maggie             Dick Davis       8.12.1939      No
Leo Davis            Maggie             Dick Davis      20. 8.1942      No
Kevin Davis          Maggie             Dick Davis       3. 7.1943      No

Jeffrey Oliver       Georgina Bangarda  William Oliver   1. 7.1944      Yes

Florrie Hansen       Lady               Unknown          5. 3.1944      No          Perhaps Yes

The dates of birth indicated by a question mark are approximate dates only
and were allocated by Sister Heath.

Undated list of Inmates

School Children

Freda Glynn
Laurel Burke
Wendy Burke
Maizie Webb
Patsy Clements
Eileen Davidson
Eileen Foster
Peggy Foster
Josie Foster
Edna Gillan
Janie Roberts
Melva Curtis
Emily Curtis
Shirley Dempsey
Jean Alum
Betty Taylor
Doris Bransen
Barbara Palmer
Marie Palmer
Fay Andrew
Ronda Andrew
Jennifer Turner
Joyce Turner
Barbara Ansell
Patty Ansell
Peggy Arden
Amy Shadforth
Peggy Butcher
Dixie Keighran
Norma Baxter
Ruth Forrester
Beatrice Scrutton
Shirley Silverton
Jean Bathern
Mona Bathern
Rosie Kunoth (away on location with C Chauvel)
Janice Roberts
Kathleen Wilson
Eva Woods
Doris Green
Florrie Hansen
Muriel Turner
Mona Turner
May Turner

Pre-School

Marjorie Horrel
Bessie Connors

School Boys

Walter Forrester
Daniel Forrester
Joe Forrester
Gilberry Alum
Reginald Alum
Brian Alum
Clive Andrew
John Horrel
Ray Shadforth
Eric Shadforth
Tony Liddle
Michael Liddle
Leo Davis
Kevin Davis
John Silverton
Walter Bathern
Harry Bathern
Murray Bathern
Tony Bathern
George Bostock
Charlie Bostock
Bertie Kunoth
Don Kunoth
Jeffrey Oliver
Kenny Woods

Working Girls

Janet Forrester
Rona Glynn
Nita Palmer
Nora Davis
Cecily Huddleston
Ivy Foster

Wards of N.A.B.

Rona Glynn
Cecily Huddleston
Nita Palmer
Janet Forrester
Maizie Webb
Patsy Clement
Nora Davis
Eileen Davidson
Freda Glynn
Laurel Burke
Wendy Burke
Doris Bransen
Barbara Palmer
Marie Palmer
Jennifer Turner
Joyce Turner
Barbara Ansell
Patricia Ansell
Peggy Arden
Norma Baxter
Ruth Forrester
Janice Roberts
Kathleen Wilson
Doris Green
Bessie Connors
Florrie Hansen
Walter Forrester
Daniel Forrester
Kevin Davis
Leo Davis
Joe Forrester
Jeffrey Oliver

Working girls are charged at the rate of one pound per
week board given 10/- p.w. pocket money and 10/- p.w. is
banked on their behalf.

Children other than those maintained out of Govt. Subsidy
for whom boarding allowance of 40 pounds p.a. and Child
Endowment is received.

Peggy Foster
Eileen Foster
Josie Foster
Edna Gillan
Janie Roberts
Melva Curtis
Emily Curtis
Shirley Dempsey
Jean Alum
Betty Taylor
Fay Andrew
Ronda Andrew
Amy Shadforth
Peggy Butcher
Dixie Keighran
Beatrice Scrutton
Shirley Silverton
Eva Woods
Mona Turner
Muriel Turner
May Turner
Gilberry Alum
Reg Alum
Brian Alum
Clive Andrew
Ray Shadforth
John Silverton
Bertie Kunoth
Don Kunoth
Ken Woods
Eric Shadforth

Beetaloo and O.T. children who are covered by
H M Bathern Estate at the rate of 25/- p.w.
beard and for whom no C.E. is received.

Mona Bathern
Harry Bathern
Walter Bathern
Tony Bathern
Murray Bathern
Jean Bathern
George Bostock
Charlie Bostock

Michael and Tony Liddle for whom Boarding
Allowance 40 pounds p.a. only is received.

Marjorie and John Horrell parent pays 25/-
p.w. plus Child Endowment.

Correspondence 18. 8.1953

                    St Mary's Hostel

           Following your telephone conversation with Sister
Eileen Heath of St Mary's Hostel on Monday 17th August, 1953
Sister Eileen interviewed me this morning and furnished the
following particulars regarding children at St Mary's Hostel
who have not been committed there by this branch:-

Name            Gilbery Alum
Date of Birth   17. 4.1940
Father          Pompey Alum, butcher employed on Newcastle Waters Station
Mother          Whiskey Alum

Name            Reginald Alum
Date of Birth   18. 6.1942
Father          Pompey Alum, butcher employed on Newcastle Waters Station
Mother          Whiskey Alum

Name            Brian Alum
Date of Birth   4. 6.1945
Father          Pompey Alum, butcher employed on Newcastle Waters Station
Mother          Whiskey Alum

Name            Jean Alum
Date of Birth   1947? (15.??.1947)
Father          Pompey Alum, butcher employed on Newcastle Waters Station
Mother          Whiskey Alum

Name            Clive Andrew
Date of Birth   19. 5.1943
Father          Mervyn Andrew, well sinker in the Alice Springs area
Mother          Myrtle McDonald, formerly married to Andrew but now divorced

Name            Fay Andrew
Date of Birth   7. 8.1941
Father          Mervyn Andrew, well sinker in the Alice Springs area
Mother          Myrtle McDonald, formerly married to Andrew but now divorced

Name            Ronda Andrew
Date of Birth   2. 7.1945
Father          Mervyn Andrew, well sinker in the Alice Springs area
Mother          Myrtle McDonald, formerly married to Andrew but now divorced

Name            Peggy Butcher
Date of Birth   3. 1.1945
Father          George Butcher, owner manager Robertson River Station?, Borroloola area
Mother          Unknown believed to be full-blood

Name            Eric Shadforth
Date of Birth   30.10.1946
Father          Willie Shadforth, Rocky Valley Station, Borroloola
Mother          Full-blood name unknown

Name            Ray Shadforth
Date of Birth   15. 8.1945
Father          Willie Shadforth, Rocky Valley Station, Borroloola
Mother          Full-blood name unknown

Name            Amy Shadforth
Date of Birth   23. 9.1943
Father          Willie Shadforth, Rocky Valley Station, Borroloola
Mother          Full-blood name unknown

Name            Emily Curtis
Date of Birth   1946 (10. 5.1946)
Father          R Curtis, occupation unknown, resides in the Wauchope area
Mother          Unknown

Name            Melva Curtis
Date of Birth   1942 (4. 7.1942)
Father          R Curtis, occupation unknown, resides in the Wauchope area
Mother          Unknown

Name            Shirley Dempsey
Date of Birth   1945
Father          James Dempsey
Mother          Full-blood name unknown
Notes           Dempsey is a rather poor type of individual who is
                not in regular employment. Sister Eileen queries
                that he is the father of Shirley.

Name            Eileen Foster
Date of Birth   17. 4.1942
Father          W Foster, employed by Mr Harris on McLaren Creek Station
Mother          Bessie Full-blood

Name            Josie Foster
Date of Birth   20. 4.1944
Father          W Foster, employed by Mr Harris on McLaren Creek Station
Mother          Bessie Full-blood

Name            Pegy Foster
Date of Birth   1. 4.1939
Father          W Foster, employed by Mr Harris on McLaren Creek Station
Mother          Bessie Full-blood

Name            Marjorie Horrel
Date of Birth   13. 6.1948
Father          Tom Horrel, painter employed by Simms of Alice Springs
Mother          Martha Walker
Notes           Parents are not living together

Name            John Horrel
Date of Birth   16. 4.1945
Father          Tom Horrel, painter employed by Simms of Alice Springs
Mother          Martha Walker
Notes           Parents are not living together

Name            Rosie Kunoth
Date of Birth   2. 1.1939
Father          Alan Kunoth, employed on McDonald Downs Station
Mother          Ngarla full-blood

Name            Bertie Kunoth
Date of Birth   4.11.1941
Father          Alan Kunoth, employed on McDonald Downs Station
Mother          Ngarla full-blood

Name            Donald Kunoth
Date of Birth   6. 2.1946
Father          Alan Kunoth, employed on McDonald Downs Station
Mother          Ngarla full-blood

Name            Dixie Keighran
Date of Birth   1945 (28. 1.1945)
Father          J Keighran, of Seven Emus Station Borroloola area
Mother          Unknown believed to be full-blood

Name            Janie Roberts
Date of Birth   14. 1.1939
Father          A Roberts, employed on Stirling Station
Mother          Jean Roberts
Notes           Parents not living together

Name            Rosie Gordon
Date of Birth   1943 (20. 4.1943)
Father
Mother
Notes           At present at St Mary's Hostel by arrangement
                with Mr & Mrs Charlie Schultz of Humbert River
                Station during their absence on holidays.

Name            Beatrice Scrutton
Date of Birth   9. 4.1946
Father          Joe Scrutton, employed on Napperby Station
Mother          Full-blood name unknown

Name            Elizabeth Taylor
Date of Birth   5. 7.1943
Father          Fred Taylor, drover believed to be in the Elliott area
Mother          Kittty Taylor, employed at Alice Springs Hospital
Notes           Parents no longer live together

Name            Mona Turner
Date of Birth   19.12.1942
Father          Ray Turner, drover
Mother          Unknown
Notes           Sister Eileen knows little of Ray Turner and rarely hears from him

Name            Muriel Turner
Date of Birth   6. 5.1941
Father          Ray Turner, drover
Mother          Unknown
Notes           Sister Eileen knows little of Ray Turner and rarely hears from him

Name            May Turner
Date of Birth   11.10.1944
Father          Ray Turner, drover
Mother          Unknown
Notes           Sister Eileen knows little of Ray Turner and rarely hears from him

Name            John Silverton
Date of Birth   1946 (10.??.1946)
Father          Unknown believed to be European
Mother          Polly Silverton, half-caste
Notes           Polly is an irresponsible type and is subject
                to fits. She resides with Mrs Pope of Alice
                Springs.

Name            Shirley Silverton
Date of Birth   1945 (10. 9.1945)
Father          Unknown believed to be European
Mother          Polly Silverton, half-caste
Notes           Polly is an irresponsible type and is subject
                to fits. She resides with Mrs Pope of Alice
                Springs.

Name            Eva Woods
Date of Birth   1.12.1945
Father          Jim Woods, employed on Mount Ester Station near Ti Tree
Mother          Full-blood, name unknown

Name            Kenny Woods
Date of Birth   1. 6.1943
Father          Jim Woods, employed on Mount Ester Station near Ti Tree
Mother          Full-blood, name unknown

Name            Tony Liddle
Date of Birth   1940 (11. 1.1940)
Father          Milton Liddle, part owner of Angas Downs Station
Mother          Polly Liddle
Notes           The Liddles have two other children admitted to the
                Convent at Alice Springs

Name            Michael Liddle
Date of Birth   1942 (15. 3.1942)
Father          Milton Liddle, part owner of Angas Downs Station
Mother          Polly Liddle
Notes           The Liddles have two other children admitted to the
                Convent at Alice Springs

Name            Mona Bathern
Date of Birth   6.10.1939
Notes           All costs are being met by the Bathern Estate.
                Bathern Family 1

Name            Harry Bathern
Date of Birth   30. 3.1942
Notes           All costs are being met by the Bathern Estate.
                Bathern Family 1

Name            Walter Bathern
Date of Birth   1944 (10. 6.1944)
Notes           All costs are being met by the Bathern Estate.
                Bathern Family 1

Name            Murray Bathern
Date of Birth   15. 9.1942
Notes           All costs are being met by the Bathern Estate.
                Bathern Family 2

Name            Tony Bathern
Date of Birth   16.11.1944
Notes           All costs are being met by the Bathern Estate.
                Bathern Family 2

Name            Jean Bathern
Date of Birth   6. 7.1946
Notes           All costs are being met by the Bathern Estate.
                Bathern Family 2

Name            George Bostock
Date of Birth   23. 4.1942
Notes           All costs are being met by the Bathern Estate.

Name            Charlie Bostock
Date of Birth   1944 (9.10.1944)
Notes           All costs are being met by the Bathern Estate.

Name            Ivy Foster
Date of Birth   13. 2.1936
Father          William Foster, of McLaren Creek Station
Mother          Unknown
Notes           Ivy is now employed by Mrs Neil Hargrave and
                is in receipt of wages at the rate of two
                pounds per week from which she pays her board.

         It is appreciated that a lot of this information supplied
by Sister Eileen is incomplete and reveals an unsatisfactory state
of affairs. It is apparent that the births of quite a number of the
children have not been registered. This matter will be fully
investigated and registrations effected where necessary.

         Where the parent is shown as unknown this has been included
on Sister Eileen's information. Because of the urgency with which
you require this memorandum I have not checked Branch records to
ascertain if the parent is known to this office.

E C Evans
Acting District Superintendent

Correspondence 25. 9.1953

                Halfcaste Child - Irene Edwards

      I refer to your memorandum H/C dated 11th September,
1953, concerning proposed admittance of the abovementioned
girk to St John's Hostel.

      The whole question of part aboriginal children at
present in residence at St Mary's Hostel has been discussed
with Sister Eileen Heath and it would appear that there are
certain objections to the suggestion that more accomodation
could be made available for wards of this Department at St
Mary's by the transfer of children from St Mary's to St
John's Hostel. Each child was discussed with Sister Eileen
in relation to the possibility of the parents being in a
sufficiently financial position to meet the cost of admission
of their child or children to St John's Hostel. Although
she was not in a position to speak with any confidence Sister
Eileen considers that possibly the parents of the following
children may be in a sufficiently sound financial position
to pay the increased fees charged st St John's Hostel :-

Clive Andrew
Fay Andrew
Ronda Andrew
The father of these children is Mervyn Andrew. He is
in full employment in Alice Springs and should at least
be in a position to pay more than he is doing at the
present moment. However, there may be some doubt as
to his ability to pay the prescribed rates at St John's.

Peggy Butcher
The father of Peggy Butcher is George Butcher of, I think,
Seven Emus Station, via Borroloola. Butcher is making
little effort in relation to this child and should be in
a sufficiently sound financial position to pay the in-
creased rates.

Marjorie Horrell
John Horrell
These children were at one time residents at St John's
Hostel and were transferred to St Mary's by their
parents.

Mona Bathern
Harry Bathern
Walter Bathern

Murray Bathern
Tony Bathern
Jean Bathern

George Bostock
Charlie Bostock
As you are aware the educational and accomodation costs
of these children are being made from the Bathern estate.
It is not known but it is presumed that this estate would
be able to bear the additional cost involved were these
children transferred to St John's.

However Sister Eileen is of the opinion that a change-
over from St Mary's to St John's at this stage would not
be in the best interests of the children concerned and she
would be most reluctant to allow them to leave the atmosphere
of St Mary's after they have been resident children for
such a time. In any case the position is now somewhat
complicated by the Committal Orders which have been issued
in respect of all children at St Mary's, and in this regard
Sister Eileen desires advice relative to certain children.

Gilbery Alum - Gilbery will be 14 years of age in the near
                      future and he has shown poor results at
                      school. There is no possibility of his being
                      admitted to a secondary education and
                      according to the Boarding Allowance payable
                      in respect of this boy will cease next year.

                      It is Sister Eileen's opinion that Gilbery
                      should be permitted to return to Newcastle
                      Waters at the end of the year where his
                      parents reside and where, it is understood,
                      the Manager of Newcastle Waters is prepared
                      to give him employment.

                      However the Committal Order states that Gilbery
                      shall remain at St Mary's Hostel until he
                      reaches the age of 18 years.

Peggy Foster - Peggy is now 14 years of age and her aptitude
                      at school does not justify her continuing next
                      year. Sister Eileen is anxious to place her
                      in employment in Alice SPrings. She will be
                      residing at St Mary's during such employment.

Rosie Kunoth - Sister Eileen desires to be advised as to the
                      position regarding Rosie as she has now been
                      committed to St Mary's Hostel. As you are
                      aware Rosie will be proceeding to Sydney with
                      the Chauvel Film Unit.

Rosie Gordon - Rosie Gordon was formerly given into the care
                      of Mrs Charlie Schultz of Humbert River and
                      will be returning to that Station in the near
                      future. A Committal Order has been made out
                      in respect of Rosie committing her to St
                      Mary's Hostel until she is 18 years of age.

Mona Bathern - Mona Bathern is now 14 years of age and intends
                      to return to her people next year. In view of
                      the Committal Order Sister Eileen intends to
                      endeavour to place Mona in local employment,
                      however she anticipates resistance from Mona's
                      parents.

Ivy Foster   - Ivy Foster married Stuart Hampton on the
                      18th September last. It is presumed her
                      Committal Order is automatically null and void.

Nona Davis   - These two girls are both employed in Alice
Rona Glynn     Springs but reside at St Mary's Hostel.

E C Evans
Acting District Superintendent




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