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Royal Park Industrial School (1875 - c. 1887)

  • Royal Park, training school and benevolent home for homeless children 1874-5

    Royal Park, training school and benevolent home for homeless children 1874-5, 2000
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From
1875
To
c. 1887
Categories
Government-run, Home, Industrial School and Receiving Home
Alternative Names
  • Boys' Industrial School (Receiving Depot), Royal Park (Also known as, c. 1883 - c. 1887)
  • Girls' Industrial School (Receiving Depot), Royal Park (Also known as, c. 1883 - c. 1887)

The Royal Park Industrial School opened in Parkville in 1875. It accommodated girls until around 1880 when the girls were transferred to the Industrial School at Geelong, and boys from Sunbury's Industrial School came to Royal Park. At about this time the Industrial School became known as the Royal Park Depot.

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The Royal Park Industrial School opened in 1875, in Parkville. It accommodated only girls until around 1880. At this time, anticipating the end of the industrial school system, the government transferred girls from Royal Park to the Industrial School at Geelong. At the same time, boys from Sunbury's Industrial School came to Royal Park, to await boarding-out placements.

In 1879, departmental reports referred to the 'Melbourne Industrial School and Receiving House'. The Receiving House, situated on Flemington Road, was a predecessor to what became known as the Royal Park Depot. In the early 1880s, the Boys' and Girls' Depots were still being referred to as 'industrial schools'. This term had stopped being used by 1887 (when new terminology came into use with the passage of the Neglected Children's Act).

Children were housed at Royal Park before the formal establishment of the Industrial School. Due to overcrowding, children were housed at the former Royal Park Asylum in 1867. Children were later moved out of Royal Park when a small-pox epidemic necessitated that the buildings be used as a hospital.

Location

1875
Location - The Royal Park Industrial School was located in Flemington Road, Parkville. Location: Parkville

Timeline

 1875 - c. 1887 Royal Park Industrial School
       c. 1880 - 1955 Royal Park Depot
             1955 - 1993 Turana
                   1993 - Melbourne Youth Justice Centre

Related Organisations

Publications

Books

  • Brogden, Joan, Neglected or criminal? The Sunbury Industrial School - Sunbury and beyond, vol. 2, The Author, 1997. Details

Reports

  • Industrial and Reformatory Schools. Report of the Inspector/Secretary, Government Printer, Melbourne, 1869 - 1886. Details

Online Resources

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Royal Park, training school and benevolent home for homeless children 1874-5
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Royal Park, training school and benevolent home for homeless children 1874-5
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Date
2000

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Sources used to compile this entry: Industrial and Reformatory Schools. Report of the Inspector/Secretary, Government Printer, Melbourne, 1869 - 1886; 'RMH Royal Park Campus - a brief history 1853-2005', 2005, https://www.thermh.org.au/about/about-rmh/our-history/history-royal-park-campus; Brogden, Joan, Neglected or criminal? The Sunbury Industrial School - Sunbury and beyond, vol. 2, The Author, 1997.

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill