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Organisation St Magdalen's Retreat (1887 - 1947)
- Care Provider, Catholic and Juvenile Detention Centre
St Magdalen's Retreat provided accommodation for females over the age of twelve years. The foundation stone was laid by Cardinal Moran in 1885, and the home was opened in November 1887. The objects of the Retreat were to 'provide a home for unfortunate women and girls of all creeds and classes; to help them reform their lives; and after a period of probation to restore them to their friends or to provide them with clothes; and to find suitable situations for them'.
According to historian Peter Quinn, this home was one of the few non-government institutions to receive funding from the state government to run juvenile justice institutions by the Child Welfare Department.
By the 1940s, the government social welfare policy no longer favoured institutional rehabilitation and from 1947 until 1970, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan cared mainly for girls committed by the courts. St Magdalen's Retreat became known as the Good Samaritan Training Centre. Eventually self-contained home units were established, with a staff member in charge of eight girls.
- 1887 - 1947
- St Magdalen's Retreat situated at Tempe. Location: Tempe
1887 - 1947 St Magdalen's Retreat
1948 - 1982 Good Samaritan Training Centre
Records Managed by
- Quinn, Peter E, Unenlightened efficiency: the administration of the juvenile correction system in New South Wales 1905-1988, University of Sydney, History, 27 March 2006, http://hdl.handle.net/2123/623. Details
- Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/DOCSWR/_assets/main/documents/connectkin_guide.pdf. Details
Sources used to compile this entry: Quinn, Peter E, Unenlightened efficiency: the administration of the juvenile correction system in New South Wales 1905-1988, University of Sydney, History, 27 March 2006, http://hdl.handle.net/2123/623.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing & Naomi Parry
Created: 7 March 2011, Last modified: 22 November 2012