Cortona Hostel history in brief
In 1974, Cortona Hostel was established by Society of St Vincent de Paul and the Catholic Family Welfare Bureau. The residence provided hostel services for up to seven girls and women, 16–36 years, who had been released from Fairlea Women’s Prison, Winlaton and other correctional facilities.
Cortona prepared the girls and women to return to the community through counselling, group meetings, activity nights, outings, and help finding suitable work and permanent accommodation. They were encouraged to continue their education via the Fitzroy Vocation Centre and the Inner City Learning Exchange.
Cortona also provided support to them after leaving Cortona.
In 1976, management of the hostel was taken over by the Sister of the Good Shepherd.
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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.
Staffing Priorities Committee, homes and hostels files (1976–83)
File ; Temporary
Content: This collection comprises files documenting the recommendations for staffing positions for homes and hostels, correspondence between the Minister of Community Welfare Services and senior officers as well as funding information. The Staffing Priorities Committee made recommendations to the minister regarding priority of staffing 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 from 1978–80.
The specific file relating to Cortona Hostel dates from the year 1977.
Note that these records have had all permanent material removed and placed into the collection listed below.
Staffing Priorities Committee, homes and hostels, correspondence, guidelines for operation and minutes of meetings (1976–80)
File ; Unappraised
Content: This collection contains the permanent material removed from the collection listed above. These records comprise ministerial correspondence, and Staffing Priority Committee minutes and list of members.
The Staffing Priorities Committee made recommendations to the minister regarding priority of staffing positions required.
Reviewed 24 April 2019