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Berry Training Farm (1934 - 1977)

  • Berry Training Farm - the house

    Berry Training Farm - the house, c. 1948, courtesy of Leonie Knapman.
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From
1934
To
1977
Categories
Children's Home, Cottage Care, Disability Institution, Farm School, Government-run and Home
Alternative Names
  • Berry Boys Home
  • Berry Recreation Centre
  • Berry Training Farm and School for Husbandry
  • Berry Training Farm for Boys
  • Berry Training School
  • Child Welfare Training Farm, Berry

Berry Training Farm was established in 1934 by the Department of Child Welfare on the former Berry State Farm. It was a farm training school. At the time it was started it received boys aged between 14 and 18 from Turner or Suttor Cottages, Brougham, Yarra Bay, Weroona or May Villa. By the 1950s it mostly housed children who were state wards and defined as intellectually disabled. Berry Training Farm closed in 1977.

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Berry Training Farm was initially a training home, organised on the cottage system, which was originally intended for boys aged between 14 and 18 years.

In the mid-1960s there was a large-scale building programme at Berry, by which time there were two houses accommodating a total of 60 boys, who were thought by the Department to be incapable of proceeding to school certificate level. There was an internal school for the younger boys. According to the 1965 Annual Report of the Child Welfare Department, 40 of these boys were between 12 and 15, and 'the remainder [were] receiving dairy and farm training in preparation for rural placement'.

A former resident of Berry Training Farm, who attended from 1972 until 1977, told Find & Connect he believed the institution began holding boys who were as young as 12 in the 1960s. According to him, boys were placed in the training farm for five year sentences.

In 1977 the Berry Training Farm, by then known as the Berry Boys Home, closed. The site was converted to the Berry Sport and Recreation Centre. In 2009 a new hall, designed by Allen Jack + Cottier architects won first prize in the sport category at the world architecture festival in Barcelona.

Location

1934 - 1977
Location - Berry Training Farm was situated at Berry. Location: Berry

Related Organisations

Publications

Books

  • McLean, Donald, Children In Need: An account of the administration and functions of the Child Welfare Department, New South Wales, Australia: with an examination of the principles involved in helping deprived and wayward children, Government Printer, Sydney, 1955, 173 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Honner, John, 'Stars point to brighter future for Forgotten Australians', Eureka Street, vol. 19, no. 22, 20 November 2009. Details

Newspaper Articles

Reports

Online Resources

Photos

Child Welfare Training Farm, Berry - the football teams
Title
Child Welfare Training Farm, Berry - the football teams
Type
Image
Date
August 1938
Source
State Library of New South Wales

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Berry Training Farm - distant view
Title
Berry Training Farm - distant view
Type
Image
Date
c. 1948
Source
Leonie Knapman

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Berry Training Farm - dormitory
Title
Berry Training Farm - dormitory
Type
Image
Date
c. 1948
Source
Leonie Knapman

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Berry Training Farm - recreation room
Title
Berry Training Farm - recreation room
Type
Image
Date
c. 1948
Source
Leonie Knapman

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Berry Training Farm - dining room
Title
Berry Training Farm - dining room
Type
Image
Date
c. 1948
Source
Leonie Knapman

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Berry Training Farm - the house
Title
Berry Training Farm - the house
Type
Image
Date
c. 1948
Source
Leonie Knapman

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The main buildings at Berry Training Farm with boys returning from school
Title
The main buildings at Berry Training Farm with boys returning from school
Type
Image
Date
c. 1965

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The school library at Berry Training Farm
Title
The school library at Berry Training Farm
Type
Image
Date
c. 1965

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Stars point to brighter future for Forgotten Australians
Title
Stars point to brighter future for Forgotten Australians
Type
Document
Date
2009

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: 'New Parents for "Nobody's Child"', The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 August 1939. Also available at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17609288; Report of the Department of Youth and Community Services for the year ended 30 June …, 1974-1979/80. Also available at http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b1398428~S2; 'N.S.W. Report: Reforms sought in child protection', The Canberra Times, 21 December 1974, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/110793580; Child Welfare Department, Annual Report: Child Welfare Department of New South Wales, 1955/1956-1969/1970; Child Welfare Training Farm, Berry - the football teams [Image], Date: August 1938; Honner, John, 'Stars point to brighter future for Forgotten Australians', Eureka Street, vol. 19, no. 22, 20 November 2009; McLean, Donald, Children In Need: An account of the administration and functions of the Child Welfare Department, New South Wales, Australia: with an examination of the principles involved in helping deprived and wayward children, Government Printer, Sydney, 1955, 173 pp; 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/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/319256/connectkin_guide.pdf; Information from Lotus Place reporting recollections of former resident of Berry Training Farm, 12 May 2014.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry and Liam Hogan