Agency Details

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Agency ID11480
Agency TypeResidential care facility
Start Date 17/12/1964
End Date 1/1/1989
Date NotesN/A

A receiving and assessment centre for children in care southern Queensland.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
19869Index Cards to Warilda Admissions/Summary Case Histories 10/6/1964 1/1/1989
19693Report Books [Diamantina and Warilda] 17/12/1964 28/2/1971
19694Vaccination Records [Diamantina and Warilda] 17/12/1964 31/12/1981
19701Register of Children in an Institution [Diamantina and Warilda] 17/12/1964 31/1/1989
19695Annual Reports - Warilda 1/1/1968 28/5/1984
19710Day Book [Warilda] 23/1/1970 18/8/1972
19704Admissions, Discharges, Visits - Two year old section [Warilda] 1/7/1972 31/12/1973
19697Policy Documents [Warilda] 1/1/1975 31/12/1985
19692Case Conferences [Warilda] 17/2/1978 1/11/1988
19709Banking Sheets [Warilda] 30/6/1980 25/3/1984
19699Drug Registers [Warilda] 1/12/1980 31/12/1985
19700ABCD Houses Medical and Dental Log Book [Warilda] 5/5/1981 31/7/1981
19698Confinement and Seclusion Sheets [Warilda] 2/3/1983 31/1/1989
19696General Files [Warilda] 1/1/1984 30/6/1988
19702Minutes [Warilda] 11/2/1985 15/9/1987
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
632Labour and Industry Department II, State Children Department 17/12/1964 1/8/1966
1973Department of Children's Services 1/8/1966 9/6/1987
428Department of Family and Youth Services 9/6/1987 14/12/1987
9719Department of Family Services (II) 14/12/1987 31/1/1989
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Information Sources

Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1962, Vol. p.1355
Queensland Government Gazette 1964, Vol. CCXVII, No. 74, pp. 1658-1659
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1965, p.1087
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1966, p.1155
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1967-68, p.1109
Centenary of Care Department of Children's Services, 1979
Department of Family Services Annual Report 1988-1989, p.16.
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1988-1989, Vol. 5, No. 107, p. 34
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1990-1991, Vol. 6, Part 1, No. 72, p.16
Series ID 19697 Warilda Departmental policy files
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered State Children Act 1911
Children's Services Act 1965
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This facility was previously known as the Diamantina Receiving Depot and Infants' Home (1910-1964). The Infants' Home was located in a separate building on the same property as the Receiving Depot, and the two sections were also managed separately. On 17 Dec 1964 the entire facility was renamed Warilda ('a baby' or 'little child'), and continued to operate as a transitional receiving and assessment centre for neglected children in southern Queensland. The decision to change the name of the centre was a reflection of a shift in thinking which resulted in a proactive effort to remove the stigma attached to socially deprived children and families. The term 'State Ward' was replaced by 'Child in Care'. Similarly, the terms 'depot', 'state home' and 'orphanage' were also removed from usage. Medical/paediatric services were supplied by doctors from the Brisbane Children's Hospital, and the centre received visits from the dental van. Psychiatrists, psychologists and speech therapists were provided by the Welfare and Guidance Division of the Department of Health. By 1968, in collaboration with the Creche and Kindergarten Association of Queensland, Warilda ran two kindergarten sessions daily for preschool-aged children. By the end of the 1970s however, fewer babies were being admitted to Warilda. In 1980, approval was given to close the Infants' Home. Those children coming into Warilda were exhibiting more acute behavioural problems and emotional needs. As a result, Warilda increasingly became a centre for children in long term care and for those experiencing problems with placements.

In 1965, the Childrens Services Act was introduced and with it came a new approach to child welfare services in Queensland. The Warilda facility underwent a range of upgrades and renovations, and there was a greater emphasis on having children remain in their family units for as long as possible.

On 1 Jan 1989 ceased operating as a departmental institution. From this time, Warilda operated as a program of the Division of Child and Family Welfare of the Uniting Church in association with the Department of Family Services.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID11480, Warilda
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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