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New South Wales - Organisation

Keelong Remand Centre (1978 - 1990)

  • Minister Opens Keelong Remand Centre Unanderra

    Minister Opens Keelong Remand Centre Unanderra, 6 August 1978, courtesy of State Library of New South Wales.
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From
1978
To
1990
Categories
Government-run, Home and Juvenile Justice Centre
Alternative Names
  • Keelong Detention Centre

Keelong Remand Centre was established at Unanderra by the Department of Youth and Community Services in 1978. It was a remand home for boys who were defined as delinquent and was usually for first offenders. In 1990 the Department of Juvenile Justice took responsibility for Keelong, which became Keelong Juvenile Justice Centre.

Details

According to the notes attached to a collection of images owned by the State Library, Keelong Remand Centre was opened by the Minister in August 1978.

In 1991 the New South Wales Ombudsman, David Landa, presented a report to the Parliament regarding the case of a boy who alleged he had been brutalised at the Mt Penang Detention Centre in 1989. The boy had been moved from Keelong, and stated to the Ombudsman that he preferred the regime there, which was much gentler than that at Mt Penang. Landa reported that Keelong was for first offenders and boys needing support, and that it was a much more appropriate place for the boy in question.

Location

1978 - 1990
Location - Keelong Remand Centre was established at Staff Road, Unanderra. Location: Unanderra

Timeline

 1978 - 1990 Keelong Remand Centre
       1990 - 2009 Keelong Juvenile Justice Centre

Related Organisations

  • Mount Penang Detention Centre (1988 - 1991)

    Mount Penang Detention Centre and Keelong Remand Centre were both used for boys who were considered to be delinquent, but Keelong was usually for first offenders. Both were transferred from the Department of Family and Community Services to the Department of Juvenile Justice in 1991.

    Date: 1988 - 1991

Publications

Reports

  • Landa, D.E., Ombudsman, Report to Parliament Under Section 31 of the Ombudsman Act 1974: Concerning the failure of the former Department of Family and Community Services to issue instructions to superintendent and staff on the requirements of the Children (Detention Centres) Act and its regulations, in terms of minor and serious misbehaviour and in particular instructions on dealing with assaults on detainees by detainees, 2 December 1991. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Minister Opens Keelong Remand Centre Unanderra
Title
Minister Opens Keelong Remand Centre Unanderra
Type
Image
Date
6 August 1978
Source
State Library of New South Wales

Details

Minister Opens Keelong Remand Centre Unanderra
Title
Minister Opens Keelong Remand Centre Unanderra
Type
Image
Date
6 August 1978
Source
State Library of New South Wales

Details

Keelong Remand Centre, Unanderra
Title
Keelong Remand Centre, Unanderra
Type
Image
Date
6 August 1978
Source
State Library of New South Wales

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Landa, D.E., Ombudsman, Report to Parliament Under Section 31 of the Ombudsman Act 1974: Concerning the failure of the former Department of Family and Community Services to issue instructions to superintendent and staff on the requirements of the Children (Detention Centres) Act and its regulations, in terms of minor and serious misbehaviour and in particular instructions on dealing with assaults on detainees by detainees, 2 December 1991; Minister Opens Keelong Remand Centre Unanderra [Image], Date: 6 August 1978; 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://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/files/2011/02/connectkin_guide1.pdf.

Prepared by: Melissa Downing