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Agency ID11375
TitleWestbrook Training Centre
Agency TypeCorrectional facility
Start Date 26/5/1966
End Date Circa 31/12/1986
Date NotesN/A

Reformatory confinement for boys under the age of 18 years

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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
632Labour and Industry Department II, State Children Department 26/5/1966 31/7/1966
1973Department of Children's Services 1/8/1966 31/12/1986
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Agency IDTitleRelationship
6459Wilson Youth Hospital SchoolAttended by school-aged boys
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette, 1966, Vol. CCXXII, No. 39, p. 573
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1966 - 1967, p. 1161
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1976 - 1977, pp. 1810 - 1811
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1986, Vol. II, No. 31, p 13
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Establishing Children's Services Act 1965
Abolishing N/A
Administered Children's Services Act 1965
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On 26 May 1966 the Farm Home for Boys, Westbrook changed its name to Westbrook Training Centre. This was to better reflect the various activities offered to the boys at the Centre.

Boys under the age of 18 years were sentenced to a term of confinement at the Centre by various Courts.

Boys learned to work the Centre's farmland, and were taught to farm, garden and keep stock. Produce from the farm was sold, and the boys allowed to keep the profits from their gardens. Stock were often exhibited at the annual Toowoomba Show. The boys were also involved in maintenance work on the property.

Boys could also learn various trades while at the Centre, including metalworking, woodworking, mechanics and building maintenance and construction.

The Home was overseen by a Supervisor who reported to the heads of the relevant Department.

A medical officer, psychiatrists, and school teacher also visited the reformatory to look after the health and education of the inmates. Teachers were appointed by the Education Department.

From around 1987 Westbrook Training Centre was renamed the Westbrook Youth (Detention) Centre.

Minister for Labour and Industry, 26 May 1966 - 1 Aug 1966
Minister for Labour and Tourism, 1 Aug 1966 - 17 Jan 1968
Minister for Health, 17 Jan 1968 - 20 Jun 1972
Minister for Sport, Tourism and Welfare Services, 20 Jun 1972 - 23 Dec 1974
Minister for Community and Welfare Services and Minister for Sport, 23 Dec 1974 - 16 Dec 1977
Minister for Welfare, 16 Dec 1977 - 22 Dec 1980
Minister for Welfare Services, 23 Dec 1980 - 6 Nov 1983
Minister for Welfare Services and Ethnic Affairs, 7 Nov 1983 - 30 July 1984
Minister for Welfare Services, Youth and Ethnic Affairs, 31 July 1984 - 30 Nov 1986
Minister for Family Services, Youth and Ethnic Affairs, 1 Dec 1986 - c 31 Dec 1986
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Queensland State Archives Agency ID11375, Westbrook Training Centre
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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