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Organisation Girls Reformatory, Magill (1881 - 1891)
- Care Provider, Government-run and Reformatory
[Taken from the South Australian guide Finding Your Own Way]
Please note that this page reproduces the original language used in the historical sources drawn upon to compile this entry. This language includes offensive and derogatory terms which are today considered unacceptable. We apologise for any offence caused by such language.
The Girls Reformatory at Magill was established in 1881. While in the institution, girls were trained in domestic duties including general housework, cooking and sewing. Most girls went from the reformatory into domestic service.
During the 1880s the reformatory for girls who were wards of the state was located in the southern wing of the Magill Industrial School. Girls had been moved there from their temporary quarters at the Grace Darling Hotel in Brighton and at Flinders Street in the City. From the beginning it was regularly reported that the Magill premises was 'unsuitable' for use as a reformatory. In 1888 an unoccupied room previously used by the Industrial school was handed over to the reformatory for use as a dormitory for 'first class' girls.
In 1891 all the girls at Magill were moved to the newly built Edwardstown Reformatory. After some renovations, the boys, who had been living on the Reformatory Hulk, took over the vacated Magill premises.
- 1881 - 1891
- Girls Reformatory situated at Magill. Location: Magill
Records Managed by
- Barbalet, Margaret, Far from a low gutter girl: the forgotten world of state wards: South Australia 1887-1940, Melbourne, 1983. Details
- Dickey, Brian, Rations, Residence, Resources: A history of social welfare in South Australia since 1836, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 1986. Details
Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005, http://www.salinkup.com.au/content.php?page_id=4.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing
Created: 9 February 2011, Last modified: 7 June 2012