ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS:
The Townsville Orphanage was established on 30th August 1878 by order of the Executive Council to provide care, management and control of orphaned, neglected, abandoned and convicted children and their property.
Under The Orphanages Act of 1879, orphanages were charged with the care, teaching and training of children whose circumstances included death of one or both parents, desertion by parents, or neglect. The Act also provided for the boarding-out, hiring-out and apprenticing of orphanage children.
Original committee members charged with administering the orphanage were Gilbert William Eliot, the Reverend William Gray, Frederick Gordon, Patrick Francis Hanran and Joseph Hughes. The only change to this committee after the passing of the Orphanages Act 1879, was the replacement of Gilbert William Elliot with Charles Shortt Dicken, who occupied the position of Police Magistrate. A matron was given the responsibility for running the orphanage with the assistance of a housemaid and a cook.
The Townsville Orphanage closed as an orphanage in 1934 (circa year), but the re-named Townsville Receiving Depot continued its role of reception, care and boarding out of children to foster homes. In accordance with the policy to remove any stigma that may come on children placed in the care of the department, the Townsville Receiving Depot was renamed as "Carramar" in 1964 although references to the Carramar Children's Home were still given in the department's 1964 annual report. The 1967 annual report also referred to the Carramar Receiving and Assessment Centre although there was no official change of name in the Government Gazette. A therapeutic intervention model was adopted whereby Carramar provided transitional arrangements until June 1995 (circa month), when it ceased operating as a departmental institution.
Secretary for Public Instruction 11 Dec 1885 - 1 Dec 1911
Home Secretary 1 Dec 1911 - 5 Dec 1935
Secretary for Health and Home Affairs 5 Dec 1935 - 12 Aug 1957
Minister for Health and Home Affairs 12 Aug 1957 - 26 Sep 1963
Minister for Labour and Industry 26 Sep 1963 - 10 Jun 1966
Minister for Labour and Tourism 10 Jun 1966 - 1 Aug 1968
Minister for Health 17 Jan 1968 - 20 Jun 1972
MInister for Sport, Tourism and Welfare Services 20 Jun 1972 - 16 Dec 1977
Minister for Community and Welfare Services and Minister for Sport 23 Dec 1974 - 16 Dec 1977
Minister for Welfare 16 Dec 1977 - 15 Sep 1978
Minister for Justice and The Attorney General and Minister for Welfare 15 Sep 1978 - 2 Oct 1978
Minister for Welfare 2 Oct 1978 - 23 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 - 9 Dec 1987
Minister for Family Services and Welfare Housing Minister 9 Dec 1987 - 19 Jan 1989
Minister for Family Services 19 Jan 1989 - 7 Dec 1989
Minister for Family Services and Aboriginal and Islander Affairs 7 Dec 1989 - 31 July 1995