Acheron provided 'adventure camp facilities' and other training programs. Approximately 300 'trainees' a year went to Acheron in work groups. These trainees received instruction in building and grounds work as part of their treatment program. An additional 1500 trainees a year attended adventure camps at Acheron. From 1970, girls from Winlaton were also using the camp.
In 2003, Acheron was part of the Melbourne Juvenile Justice Centre, providing an 'alternative custodial option' for young men aged 17-21.
The Victorian Government records relating to wardship and adoption date from 1864 to the present. These records were created by the state government departments that were responsible for child welfare in Victoria. Some of these records are held at the Department of Human Services (DHS), and some are held at Public Record Office Victoria (PROV). Generally, records less than 99 years old are not open to the general public because of the personal and private information they contain. If the records are about you, or members of your family, you have a right to access these records.
Contact the Department of Human Services, State Government of Victoria - The Duty Worker, Family Information Networks and Discovery;
Phone: (03) 8608 5700 or 1300 769 926 (for the cost of a local call)
20/570 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Fax: (03) 8608 5760
04 February 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/vic/E000238
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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