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Western Australia - Organisation

Rottnest Island Reformatory (1881 - 1902)

  • Government Reformatory for Boys Rottnest

    Government Reformatory for Boys Rottnest, 1900, courtesy of Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Superintendent of Public Charities and Inspector of Industrial and Reformatory Schools, Report 1900, p.27.
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From
1881
To
1902
Categories
Government-run, Home, Industrial School and Reformatory
Alternative Names
  • Boys' Reformatory, Rottnest (also known as, 1897 - )
  • Government Reformatory for Boys, Rottnest (also known as, 1898 - )

The Rottnest Island Reformatory was a government-run institution, established in 1881 as an alternative to sending boys younger than 16 to gaol. It closed in 1902 and boys were sent to the Salvation Army Reformatory School in Collie.

Details

The Rottnest Island Reformatory opened in 1881 as an alternative to sending boys 'of European descent' who had been convicted of crimes to Perth or Fremantle gaol. In 1882, the reformatory came under the Industrial Schools Act 1874 which governed both orphanages and industrial schools. However, it was not until 1897 that the reformatory was made the responsibility of the Superintendent of Poor Relief and Inspector of Charitable Institutions. When the reformatory closed in 1902, the remaining boys were sent to the Salvation Army Reformatory School for Protestant Boys at Collie.

Events

1881 - 1902
Location - Rottnest Island Reformatory was located at Thompson Bay, Rottnest Island. Location: Rottnest Island

Related Legislation

Related Organisations

Publications

Book Sections

  • Hetherington, Penelope, 'Reformatories', in Gregory, Jenny and Jan Gothard [editors] (eds), Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, W.A., 2009, pp. 750-751. p.750. Details

Reports

  • Report by the Superintendent of Relief and Inspector of Charitable Institutions for the year, Government Printer, Perth, 1897. Details
  • Report by the Inspector of Charitable Institutions, Government Printer, Perth, 1898. Details
  • Western Australia. Charities Department, Report by the Superintendent of Public Charities and Inspector of Industrial and Reformatory Schools, Government Printer, Perth, [W.A.], 1899-1907. 1899, 1900, 1902. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Government Reformatory for Boys Rottnest
Title
Government Reformatory for Boys Rottnest
Type
Image
Date
1900
Source
Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Superintendent of Public Charities and Inspector of Industrial and Reformatory Schools, Report 1900, p.27

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Report by the Superintendent of Relief and Inspector of Charitable Institutions for the year, Government Printer, Perth, 1897; 'News in Brief [Rottnest Island Reformatory]', The Daily News, The Daily News, 18 April 1898, p. 2, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article82080506; Report by the Inspector of Charitable Institutions, Government Printer, Perth, 1898; 'Progressive Measures at Rottnest', Western Mail, Charles Harper, J.W. Hackett, James Gibey, for the Western mail office, Perth, 8 March 1902, p. 9, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37797966; 'The Early Days [Rottnest Reformatory]', The West Australian, The West Australian, 5 June 1931, p. 20, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32524538; Hetherington, Penelope, 'Reformatories', in Gregory, Jenny and Jan Gothard [editors] (eds), Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, W.A., 2009, pp. 750-751. p.750..

Prepared by: Debra Rosser