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Western Australia - Organisation

Government Industrial School (1893 - 1907)

  • Government Industrial School for Boys and Girls

    Government Industrial School for Boys and Girls, 1900, courtesy of Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Superintendent of Public Charities and Inspector of Industrial and Reformatory Schools, Report 1900, p.26.
    Details

From
1893
To
1907
Categories
Government-run, Home, Industrial School, Receiving Home and Temporary Care
Alternative Names
  • Government Industrial School and Receiving Depot (later known as, 1902 - 1907)
  • Government Industrial School and Receiving Depot for Boys and Girls (also known as, 1902 - 1907)
  • Government Industrial School for Boys and Girls (also known as, 1900 - 1902)

A Government Industrial School was established in 1893 at Claisebrook, and moved to Subiaco in 1897. It was originally for girls, and was then used for older children and for the 'temporary reception' of children awaiting other placements. By 1902 it was called the 'Government Industrial School and Receiving Depot' and by 1907 it was known as the 'Government Receiving Depot'.

Details

A Government Industrial School was established in 1893, after the passage of the Industrial and Reformatory Schools Act 1893. Although originally intended for young girls, the Government Industrial School was soon admitting older children and was increasingly used for the temporary reception of children awaiting more permanent placements, or while parents were unable to care for them. This 'reception' function soon became part of the institution's title, persisting until 1980.

The 'Report by the Superintendent of Public Charities and Inspector of Industrial and Reformatory Schools, 1902' (p.16) noted that the 'younger destitute children formerly detained in the Home for Women' (Women's Home, Female Home) 'are now resident at Subiaco'.

By 1907, recognising that the institution that had begun as the Government Industrial School no longer functioned in that way, the words, 'Industrial School' were dropped from its title. The new name, Government Receiving Depot' recognised the institution's primary function as the temporary accommodation of children awaiting placement elsewhere.

Events

1893? - 1897
Location - Government Industrial School operated from rented premises in the East Perth area. Location: Claisebrook
6 October 1897 - 1907
Address - Government Industrial School was located on the corner of Railway Parade and Barker Road, Subiaco. Location: Subiaco

Timeline

 1893 - 1907 Government Industrial School
       1907 - 1935 Government Receiving Depot
             1935 - 1952 Government Receiving Home
                   1953 - 1972 Child Welfare Reception Home
                         1973 - 1980 Mt Lawley Reception Home
                               1980 - 1984 Walcott Centre

Related Glossary Terms

Related Legislation

Related Organisations

Publications

Books

  • Hetherington, Penelope, Paupers, Poor Relief and Poor Housing in Western Australia 1829 to 1910, UWA Publishiing, Crawley, Western Australia, 2009. pp.133, 142-143, 153. Hetherington gives the opening date for the Government Industrial School, Subiaco, as 1893, p.153. Details

Reports

  • Report by the Superintendent of Relief and Inspector of Charitable Institutions for the year, Government Printer, Perth, 1897. p.9. Details
  • Report by the Inspector of Charitable Institutions, Government Printer, Perth, 1898. p.11. 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. 1902, 1907. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Government Industrial School for Boys and Girls
Title
Government Industrial School for Boys and Girls
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.26

Details

Government Industrial School, Subiaco, 1906
Title
Government Industrial School, Subiaco, 1906
Type
Image
Date
1907
Source
Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Superintendent of Public Charities and Inspector of Industrial and Reformatory Schools, Report 1906, after p.20

Details

Gymnasium - Government Industrial School, Subiaco, 1906
Title
Gymnasium - Government Industrial School, Subiaco, 1906
Type
Image
Date
1907
Source
Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Superintendent of Public Charities and Inspector of Industrial and Reformatory Schools, Report 1906, after p.20

Details

Workshops - Government Industrial School, Subiaco, 1906
Title
Workshops - Government Industrial School, Subiaco, 1906
Type
Image
Date
1907
Source
Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Superintendent of Public Charities and Inspector of Industrial and Reformatory Schools, Report 1906, after p.20

Details

Laundry and Nursery Buildings - Government Industrial School, Subiaco, 1906
Title
Laundry and Nursery Buildings - Government Industrial School, Subiaco, 1906
Type
Image
Date
1907
Source
Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Superintendent of Public Charities and Inspector of Industrial and Reformatory Schools, Report 1906, after p.20

Details

Government Industrial School Subiaco, 1900
Title
Government Industrial School Subiaco, 1900
Type
Image
Date
1979
Source
Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Department for Community Welfare, Western Australia , Annual Report 1979, p.12

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. p.9.; Report by the Inspector of Charitable Institutions, Government Printer, Perth, 1898. p.11.; Heritage Council of Western Australia, 'King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women', in inHerit, Western Australia State Heritage Office, Government of Western Australia, 8 February 2015, http://inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au/public/p/2438; Hetherington, Penelope, Paupers, Poor Relief and Poor Housing in Western Australia 1829 to 1910, UWA Publishiing, Crawley, Western Australia, 2009. pp.133, 142-143, 153. Hetherington gives the opening date for the Government Industrial School, Subiaco, as 1893, p.153.; 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. 1902, 1907..

Prepared by: Debra Rosser