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Tasmania - Legislation

Industrial Schools Act 1863 (1863 - 1867)

Principal Act

The Industrial Schools Act 1863 (Act no. 27 Vict. No.24) established the Hobart Town Female Refuge (also known as the Hobart Girls' Industrial School) before being repealed and replaced in 1867 by a new Industrial Schools Act (Act no.31 Vict. No.37). This act enabled female children between 12 and 16 years to be detained in the Hobart Town Female Refuge. Children deemed uncontrollable, neglected or who had been convicted of an offence were regularly placed in this institution.


 1863 - 1867 Industrial Schools Act 1863
       1867 - 1896 Industrial Schools Act 1867
             1896 - 1918 Youthful Offenders, Destitute and Neglected Children's Act 1896
                   1918 - 1936 The Children of the State Act 1918
                         1935 - 1961 Infants' Welfare Act 1935
                               1960 - 2003 Child Welfare Act 1960
                                     2000 - Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1997


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Tasmanian Legislation', 20 January 2014, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Elizabeth Daniels