The Sandgate Centre, in Sandgate, opened in August 1983 and closed in April 1994. Previously, it was known as the Sandgate Maternal and Child Welfare Home. It was run by Intellectual Disability Services, which was part of the Queensland Health Department. In 1987, Intellectual Disability Services became part of the Family Services Department. The Sandgate Centre provided long and short term residential care for intellectually impaired children. It also operated as a family respite centre.
In August 1983 the Sandgate Maternal and Child Welfare Home was transferred to the Intellectual Disability Services section of the Health Department and became known as the Sandgate Centre. In 1987 the Intellectual Disability Services was transferred to the Department of Family Services. The Sandgate Centre provided both long and short term residential care for intellectually challenged children, and a family respite centre. By the early 1990s, the Centre was considered to be outdated in terms of its use as a residential facility, and was closed in April 1994
1944 - 1983 Sandgate Maternal and Child Welfare Home
1983 - 1994 The Sandgate Centre
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Department of Families', in Queensland Government Website, The State of Queensland (Department of Families), 30 July 2003, http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/36784/20030730-0000/www.families.qld.gov.au/index-2.html; '138 Flinders Parade, Sandgate', in Queensland Heritage Register, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), 2013, https://environment.ehp.qld.gov.au/heritage-register/detail/?id=601515.
Prepared by: Lee Butterworth
Created: 28 November 2014