Mr William Robert Black (mine-owner and philantropist) donated his Oxley property "Cliveden" to the Presbyterian Church in c.1923. The church then established Blackheath Home in c.1924.
During WWII Blackheath Boys Home was taken over by the military and used as the Anti-aircraft Training School, Air Defence.
Blackheath Home was licensed as a private institution on 5 April 1927, under The State Children Act 1911. State children were first admitted on 24 September 1938. Blackheath Home was licensed under The lnfant Life Protection Act on 27 September 1938.
Commission of inquiry into abuse of children in Queensland institutions
In August 1998 in Queensland, the Minister for Families, Youth and Community Care established a Commission of Inquiry to examine whether there had been any abuse, mistreatment or neglect of children in Queensland institutions.
This Inquiry is widely known as the Forde Inquiry, in reference to the Chairperson, Leneen Forde. The Committee reported on incidents of unsafe, improper and illegal treatment of children in Queensland institutions, including cases of sexual, physical, emotional and systems abuse. It is known as The Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions.
Submissions from former residents of Blackheath were taken at the inquiry. The full report is a public document, available free of charge to anyone who requests it from the Queensland Government. Its findings are detailed and explicit.
There is an archival collection held by the Presbyterian Church of Queensland, containing some records relating to Presbyterian Children's Homes, including minutes of committees.
For information about these records write to Reverend Ron Clark, Presbyterian Church of Queensland:
PO Box 1508, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
03 December 2013
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