Petford Training Farm, Petford, was initially privately funded by Geoff Guest. It opened in 1978 and in August 1983, the Petford Training Farm Aboriginal Corporation was licensed as a foster home. Funding for Petford Training Farm as a residential facility ceased in March 1999.
The Petford Training Farm operated as a camp for troubled indigenous youth. The primary activity at Petford Farm was to educate Aboriginal youths about horse riding and horse care.
The Daffen Report 1998 recommended that funding to Petford Training farm as a residential facility for young people be terminated. The 1999 report of the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland also recommended that government funding of the facility be withdrawn.
In the publication Missing Pieces (2001), it stated that 'further details on Petford records will be advised as information becomes available'.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'pp.10-11', Queensland Government Response to Recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into the Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions, Queensland Government, August 1999, https://www.lotusplace.org.au/resource_files/ltsp/forde-govtresp.pdf; Daffen, Peter and Munns, Caroline, Evaluation of the service provided to young people through the Petford Training Farm (Aboriginal Corporation), vol. 1 of 1, Cooldari, Dolans Bay, NSW, 1998; Department of Families, Missing pieces: information to assist former residents of children's institutions to access records, State of Queensland, 2001. p.70..
Prepared by: Lee Butterworth
Created: 22 June 2011, Last modified: 18 June 2014