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Barton's Mill Prison (1942 - 1989)

  • Barton's Mill Prison first layout 1942

    Barton's Mill Prison first layout 1942, 2008 - 2013, courtesy of Pickering Brook Heritage Group Inc., Barton's Mill Prison Layout 1942.
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From
1942
To
1989
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Government-run, Home, Juvenile Justice Centre and Prison

Barton's Mill Prison, in Pickering Brook, was established as an adult male minimum security gaol in 1942 when the Army took over the facilities at Fremantle Prison. Young male offenders were placed there during World War II in conditions that were considered by many to be inappropriate and dangerous. Barton's Mill continued as a prison until August 1973 when it became a secure facility for 'committed inebriates'. It closed on 7 July 1989.

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Sexual abuse of boys at Barton's Mill Prison was alleged during a 1943 Royal Commission.

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1942 - 1989
Location - Barton's Mill Prison was established during World War II at Pickering Brook. Location: Pickering Brook

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Barton's Mill Prison first layout 1942
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Barton's Mill Prison first layout 1942
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Date
2008 - 2013
Source
Pickering Brook Heritage Group Inc., Barton's Mill Prison Layout 1942

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Sources used to compile this entry: 'Motion - youthful delinquents, detention conditions', in Hansard Archive 1870 to 1995, Parliament of Western Australia, 2 March 1943, https://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/Hansard/hansard1870to1995.nsf/83cc4ce93b5d4e0b48257b33001cfef6/29483BF24EBE599B48257A4E001118AE/$File/19430302_Council.pdf. In 1943, there were 6 ‘youthful delinquents’ imprisoned at Barton’s Mill. pp.2609, 2611.; Heritage Council of Western Australia, Barton's Mill Prison, inHerit, Western Australia State Heritage Office, Government of Western Australia, 8 February 2015, http://inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au/public/p/3580. pp.1, 4-5..

Prepared by: Debra Rosser