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Len
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:57 pm    Post subject: Hostel addresses: Reply with quote

Does anyone know the address of any of the many hostels?

Iím asking because I want to see if I can search for the sites and I also think that this information could be helpful to others.

Iíll start;

Unanderra Hostel
Five islands Road
Unanderra
Wollongong
NSW


I bet Phyl can help here? wink

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matraville Hostel was in Daunt Avenue ,Matraville.NSW .

East Hills and Heathcote Road Hostel were in Sirius Road .(not sure of suburb) NSW.

Wallgrove Hostel was , I think ,Wallgrove Road, NSW.

Villawood Hostel was Leightonfield North, NSW. Westbridge Hostel too.

Cabramatta Hostel was Alick Street in Cabramatta NSW.

Dundas Hostel was on the corner of Bettington Road and Kissing Point Road. Dundas.NSW.

Thinking cap on Phyl Rolling Eyes

Berkeley Hostel,Flagstaff Road,Berkeley ,NSW.

Just a few to go on with
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This lot is going to keep me busy for a while. Shocked

Thanks Phyl.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Len ,
Another couple of Streets hostels were in. Nunawading Hostel was in Rooks Road,Nunawading ,Victoria, Australia. It is almost impossible to find now on the map.Could only find approxiamately where it was. Confused
Maribrynong ( I love that word ) was on Hampstead Rd. Vic.
and Preston was in Water Road, Preston Vic.
You looked over to Olympic Park.from Preston Hostel.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

East Hills Hostel was in Hammondville East - thats what we used to use anyway. Has anyone looked at the site on Google earth? It's all demolished now but you can make out the circular flower bed in the middle. A bit sad to see it like that Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:15 am    Post subject: Hi Ann Reply with quote

Ann Ainsworth wrote:
East Hills Hostel was in Hammondville East - thats what we used to use anyway. Has anyone looked at the site on Google earth? It's all demolished now but you can make out the circular flower bed in the middle. A bit sad to see it like that Sad


Welcome to the forum.

I was across the street at Heathcote Rd 1960-61.

Hammondville East rings a bell. Hammondville was a sleepy little suburb a few miles up the road towards Liverpool.

Yes, the old site looks pretty desolate. The neighbouring bushland along the Georges River and Williams Creek is now part of a "wetland reserve", so maybe the site will just go back to nature.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Len, just came across your forum today as I was doing some research about the hostel my family lived in when we arrived in Australia in 1967.

Here's another to add to your list of addresses:

Broughton Migrant Hostel
22 Church Street
Burwood NSW 2134

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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 6:03 am    Post subject: fishermans Bend 1967 Reply with quote

Fishermans Bend hOstel
Lorimer Street,
Fishermans Bend
Victoria
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Altona (Wiltona Hostel
Kororiot Creek Rd
Williamstown
Vic
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Upon our arrival (October 1951) we went straight from the Fremantle Wharf to a migrant hostel at the end of Preston Point road in Point Walter (Perth WA)... Others from our ship (SS Maloja) went to the Graylands Hostel.

We stayed only 2 weeks at the Point Walter Hostel until we relocated to Government rental housing in East Belmont (WA)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:42 am    Post subject: Name of a Hostel Reply with quote

Has anyone lived on Brooklyn Hostel in Victoria ?
It is (or was) situated on the Altona Road, off the Geelong Rd(about 40 miles from Geelong) and close to the towns of Footscray and Sunshine. It housed a large population of mixed nationalities. It was bordered on one side by an abbatoir, which every night boiled down the blood from its processes and which stank the place to high heaven. On another side towards Altona there was a disused quarry which gave off chemical smells and down the road at the intersection of Altona Rd and Geelong Rd, there was a quarry. Across the Geelong Rd, were sheep paddocks and another abbatoir. I went to live there with my parents when they decided to move from the golden beaches and mountains of Balgownie (Fairymeadow) to a place which they considered to have more life. David
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes David,we lived on Altona Hostel and I was a member of the netball team ,and there was an interhostel competition which took us to Brooklyn once a month or so,but yes these hostels unfortunately were in the most undesirable places,as you say Brooklyn was near the big abbatoir,and Altona was nestled in between the oil refineries,all you could smell all day was sulphur,and the other hostels too I think were situated away from general population,I think this was an agreement the government made,in an effort to keep the migrants away from the locals as not to offend,that and to make the place less appealing so that they would move out as quick as they could,but it certainly did not give us as new migrants a very good picture of life in Australia,and I think that is why a lot of migrants moved back to England before ever moving from the hostels.
Not a very healthy envoironment to live I must admit, nota lot of thought was put into the fact that these were all young families with children !! There would be a public outcry today ,but at that time we as kids thought it was a great adventure and just got on with it,our parents though must have been mortified.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That quarry in Miller's Road eventually became Altona Gate shopping plaza. They said it was full of rats.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holmesglen Hostel was on the corner of Power Avenue and Warrigal Road close to Holmesglen railway station in Victoria, south of Melbourne. I've heard that the site's now a conservation nature reserve.

Gardiner's Creek ran behind the Nissen huts, lots of rats there, and on the other side of the creek was a wild area we kids called the bush. There was a road bridge over the creek on the Warrigal Road going up to Ashburton, and when we played underneath this bridge, the noise of the cars overhead was terrifying.

There was an ice cream factory behind the hostel canteen on the other side of the road from the station. Sennet's ice cream when we arrived on the hostel in 1958, then it became Street's. Both my parents worked there for a while, a job I thought must be heavenly. Every so often, a horrible smell of amonia would waft through the canteen from the factory
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The land used for hostels was Federal land so not state owned.
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