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Organisation Redhill Reformatory School (1903 - 1922)
- Anglican, Care Provider, Farm School, Industrial School and Reformatory
- Alternative Names
- Redhill Mental School (also known as)
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 this language.
Redhill was established in 1903 as a 'reformatory school' or 'home for neglected boys' in the Middle Swan area, on land held by the Anglican Church. On 31 January 1921 it ceased to be a reformatory, but stayed open as a home for children who were said to be 'mentally defective'.
It is unknown whether any records about children placed at Redhill exist, but there is historical information available.
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Department for Child Protection
PO Box 6334, East Perth WA 6892
Phone: (08) 6217 6388 or (08) 6217 6381
Fax: (08) 9222 2776
Free call in WA: 1800 000 277
[Taken from the Western Australian guide Signposts:]
The Anglican Church owned 140 acres of land and a model farm was established on this acreage (the land between Swanleigh and Parkerville was owned by the Church and was called the "Ribbon Strip". Redhill's land was upon this landholding). See separate entries in Signposts for Parkerville Children's Home and Swanleigh.
The only information about the residents of Redhill comes in the form of 'head counts' at June 30 as presented in the Annual Reports of the Child Welfare Department from 1920 to 1922. These were: 1920: 12 boys; 1921: 18 boys; 1922: 5 boys admitted, 23 discharged and 13 at year end who went to the Salvation Army when Redhill closed.
As the residents went to the Salvation Army upon Redhill's closure in 1922 (by which time it was a reformatory), it may be useful to refer to the Seaforth Salvation Army Boys' Home.
See also a book, Noisy Mansions, which says that the management of Redhill was performed by the Manager of the Swan Boys' Home. A photo of Redhill can be found on page 134 of Noisy Mansions.
The Minutes of the Anglican Orphanage Committee in 1921 (p.555) describe Redhill's change of function from a reformatory:
The place had been closed as an Industrial School on the 31st January. At the request of the government and by arrangement with the Archbishop, it was re-opened temporarily as a special school for mentally defectives, for 3 months when the Government would decide whether they would take it over.
- 1903 - 1922
- Redhill Reformatory School was located at Redhill. Location: Red Hill
1903 - 1922 Redhill Reformatory School
1901 - 1955? Seaforth Salvation Army Boys' Homes, Gosnells (General, Industrial and "Backward" Sections)
- Peterkin, A. Roy, The Noisy Mansions : the story of Swanleigh 1868-1971, Perth Diocesan Trustees, Anglican Church of Australia, Midland, Western Australia, 1986. Details
- 'Colonial Secretary's Department', in JS Battye (ed.), The Cyclopedia of Western Australia (1912), vol. 1, Hesperian Press, Victoria Park, 1985, pp. 502-507. Details
- Western Australia. State Children's Department, Annual Report: State Children's Department, State Children's Department, [Perth, W.A.], 1917-1925. Details
- Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, http://www.signposts.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au/. Details
Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, http://www.signposts.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au/.
Prepared by: Anna Trengove and Leanne Howard
Created: 15 March 2011, Last modified: 19 January 2013