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Queensland - Organisation

Home Secretary's Office, State Children Department (1911 - 1935)

State Government of Queensland

From
1 December 1911
To
5 December 1935
Categories
Care Provider and Government Department

The Home Secretary's Office, within the new State Children Department, was created under the State Children Act 1911. The Department was established to provide care, management and control of orphaned, abandoned and convicted children and their property. The position of 'Inspector of Orphanages' became that of 'Director' of the department.The Department ran Brisbane Industrial Home, Farm Home for Boys, Westbrook, Townsville Orphanage,
Townsville Receiving Depot, Westbrook Reformatory for Boys and Diamantina Receiving Depot and Infants' Home.

Details

Administrative Structure:
The State was divided into 3 districts: Southern District (Southern Queensland from Bundaberg to the border with NSW) with head office in Brisbane- Central District (from Mackay to Miriam Vale on the Coast and West along the central line) with a district office in Rockhampton- Northern District - (North Queensland from the north and West of Townsville) with a district Office in Townsville. Each district office and head office had an administrative and inspectorial staff.

Colonel George Andrew Ferguson was Director of the Queensland State Children's Department from the 1920s until his death in 1933.

Timeline

 1879 - 1911 Public Instruction Department, Orphanages Branch
       1911 - 1935 Home Secretary's Office, State Children Department
             1935 - 1963 Health and Home Affairs Department, State Children Department
                   1963 - 1966 Labour and Industry Department, State Children Department
                         1966 - 1987 Children's Services Department
                               1987 Family and Youth Services Department
                                     1987 - 1989 Family Services Department
                                           1989 - 1996 Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs Department
                                                 1996 - 1998 Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
                                                 1996 Department of Family and Community Services
                                                       1996 - 2001 Department of Families, Youth and Community Care
                                                       1998 - 2001 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy and Development Department
                                                             2001 - 2006 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Department
                                                             2001 - 2004 Department of Families
                                                                   2004 - 2009 Child Safety Department
                                                                   2004 - 2012 Communities Department
                                                                   2004 - 2012 Communities Department
                                                                         2004 - 2012 Communities Department
                                                                         2012 - Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Department
                                                                         2012 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Department

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Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'A Public Loss', Brisbane Courier, 24 April 1933, p. 8, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/22156072.

Prepared by: Lee Butterworth