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Industrial School for Boys, Riverview (1898 - 1926)

  • Boys standing on the verandah of the Queensland Home for Boys, Riverview

    Boys standing on the verandah of the Queensland Home for Boys, Riverview, c. 1910, courtesy of Picture Queensland, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
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From
1 October 1898
To
1926
Categories
Home, Industrial School, Receiving Agency, Reformatory and Salvation Army
Alternative Names
  • Riverview Boys' Industrial Colony (Also known as)
  • Riverview Boys' Probationary Home (Also known as)
  • Salvation Army Industrial School for Boys (Also known as)

The Industrial School for Boys, in Riverview, was run by the Salvation Army. Boys sentenced to confinement by Children's Courts were sent to Riverview for training in general farm work. It opened 1 October 1898 and in 1926 it became a training farm for British male youth migrants.

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The Industrial School for Boys, Riverview was established in 1898 under the lndustrial and Reformatory Schools Act 1865. It was licensed under the State Children Act 1911.

The Staff Captain of the Industrial School, in a letter to the Home Secretary 26 September 1910, provides insight into the running of the facility. He wrote:

This school was established on the 1st of October 1898, the boys being sent to us by the Government, and up to the present 101 boys have passed through the Institution, of whom 75 were returned to their parents, 19 placed in suitable situations, and 7 still in the Home.

While under our care the boys are instructed as possible in general farm work, each boy is also taught to milk, and dairying work in general, we keep about 70 head of dairying stock, generally milking between 40 & 50 cows.

A School is kept under Government inspection and the boys put in full time at same, and the inspectors report from year to year is very satisfactory.

We also go in for pig raising, poultry keeping, and in addition each boy has a piece of ground allotted to him, for gardening purposed, he does his own gardening, and the proceeds are placed to his credit, he can spend this now or it will be kept for him until his time expires, when the amount is given to him, by this means alone, two brothers on leaving the Home had 4-10-0 between them, besides moneys they had spent from time to time while in the Home, by this means we find the boys get very interested and encouraged, and they make the most of their chances.

We correspond with discharged boys, and very many of them return to spend the week end with us at the Home, we having as many as four old boys there for the one week end. We have quite a number of old boys that are today in good situations, and several of these have written back wanting to get boys from the Home for themselves.

For some time now we have not received any boys from the Government, until our numbers have got to be very small, but we have had an interview with Mr Appel (Home Sect.,) and he has promised that all boys committed between now and the 1st Jan 1911 shall be sent to the Salvation Army Industrial School at Riverview and also that he will transfer some six or seven boys from Westbrook to Riverview. Since that promise we have received two committed boys to Riverview.

I remain your obedient Servant.
T F Smith
P.S. Mr Macdonald of Brisbane is visiting Justice to this School.

Location

1 October 1898 - 1926
Address - The Industrial School for Boys, Riverview was situated at 29 Riverview Road, Riverview. Location: Riverview

Timeline

 1898 - 1926 Industrial School for Boys, Riverview
       1926 - 1956 Riverview Training Farm
             1956 - 1966 Home for Boys, Riverview
                   1966 - 1969 Training Farm for Boys
                         1969 - 1973 Endeavour Training Farm
                               c. 1973 - c. 1977 Hillsdale Village for Boys

Related Archival Items

Related Glossary Terms

Publications

Books

  • Cleland, Sharon, Caring for the children : a history of institutional care provided by The Salvation Army for Australian children and youth (1893-1995), Salvation Army, Australian Eastern Territory, Sydney, August 2012. Details
  • Department of Families, Missing pieces: information to assist former residents of children's institutions to access records, State of Queensland, 2001. p.43. Details

Reports

Online Resources

Photos

Boys standing on the verandah of the Queensland Home for Boys, Riverview
Title
Boys standing on the verandah of the Queensland Home for Boys, Riverview
Type
Image
Date
c. 1910
Source
Picture Queensland, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

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Plaque unveiled at Riverview on 21st April 2007
Title
Plaque unveiled at Riverview on 21st April 2007
Type
Object
Date
2007
Publisher
Salvation Army

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Plaque on memorial plinth at Riverview
Title
Plaque on memorial plinth at Riverview
Type
Object
Date
2012
Publisher
Salvation Army

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Salvation Army Hall, Riverview
Title
Salvation Army Hall, Riverview
Type
Image
Date
2013
Creator
Butterworth, Lee
Source
Lee Butterworth

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Original buildings, Riverview
Title
Original buildings, Riverview
Type
Image
Date
2013
Creator
Butterworth, Lee
Source
Lee Butterworth

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Front entrance to original home, Riverview
Title
Front entrance to original home, Riverview
Type
Image
Date
2013
Creator
Butterworth, Lee
Source
Lee Butterworth

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Entrance to Riverview Farm
Title
Entrance to Riverview Farm
Type
Image
Date
2013
Creator
Butterworth, Lee
Source
Lee Butterworth

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Entrance drive Riverview
Title
Entrance drive Riverview
Type
Image
Date
2013
Creator
Butterworth, Lee
Source
Lee Butterworth

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Bethany, farm manger cottage Riverview
Title
Bethany, farm manger cottage Riverview
Type
Image
Date
2013
Creator
Butterworth, Lee
Source
Lee Butterworth

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Families, Missing pieces: information to assist former residents of children's institutions to access records, State of Queensland, 2001. p.43..

Prepared by: Lee Butterworth