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).
26 July 2023
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