Aboriginal Hostels Limited Celebrates 50 years of Hospitality

In the 1970’s an increasing number of Aboriginal Australians and their families moved to cities and towns for employment, study, health and a whole range of reasons. Due to this, they needed a place where they could stay and where they felt comfortable and supported.

Topsy Smith Hostel in its current form was rebuilt in 2007 and is located on the Eastside. it is a +40 bed hostel which provides accommodation for Renal and Medical residents. AHL operates 7 days a week, 24 hours. Ever since then, right around the country, AHL has provided a safe and culturally appropriate home away from home for Indigenous Australians.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the organisations and staff who work with us daily – the hospitals, health services and the support services that assist our residents in making their stay possible.

Listen to Natasha Thornton’s interview audio with Jenni Hubert.

Topsy Smith Hostel celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

Topsy Smith video archival.

Jenni Hubert reporter