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Reiby Training School


Reiby Training School was established at Airds, near Campbelltown, by the Department of Youth and Community Services in 1973. Initially, it was a home for girls defined as delinquent. In 1977, Reiby became coeducational (following the closure of the Ormond Training School). Reiby was transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice in 1991 and became Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre.

The 1974 Annual Report of the Youth and Community Services Department
described the centre, which cost ‘over $2,000,000’, and its official opening:

Officially opened by Sir Roden Cutler, V.C., K.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., C.B.E.,
K.St.J., on 3 August 1973, Reiby is the most modern of the recently
completed, larger-type training schools. … Accommodation is available
for up to 100 girls up to the age of 18 years with the majority of the population being composed of girls 15 years and over.

According to Quinn (2006), Reiby Training Centre provided accommodation for about 90 girls aged 14 to 16. ‘It followed the prevailing model of four houses of twenty inmates each, as well as a privilege cottage. As had always been the practice with girls’ institutions, it was surrounded by a wall’ (p.301).

Quinn also contends that that ‘the principal benefit that Reiby brought was that its opening enabled, finally, the closure of the Parramatta Girls’ Training School, after almost a century of operations as an industrial school’ .

Quinn also cites a survey that showed that between 1981 and 1984, 16% of girls and 20% of boys admitted to Reiby were Aboriginal (p.385).

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  • Alternative Names

    Reiby Training Centre

    Reiby School for Girls



  • 1973 - 1991

    Reiby Training School was situated at 20 Briar Road, Airds, New South Wales (Building Still standing)



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