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Agency ID25
TitlePolice Gaol, Ayr / HM Prison, Ayr
Agency TypeCorrectional facility
Start Date 30/12/1886
End Date 15/8/1902
Date NotesN/A

Staffed by Police Officers at country centres to confine convicted prisoners serving short sentences

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Agency IDTitleFromTo
260Sheriff's Office 30/12/1886 1/1/1891
157Prisons Department 1/1/1891 15/8/1902
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1 Jan 1887, Vol XL, No 2, p20
Queensland Government Gazette 16 Aug 1902, Vol LXXIX, No 44, p400
Queensland Blue Book 1891 - Summaries and Departments
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Prisons Act 1890
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Although proclaimed a prison, HM Prison, Ayr was initially a police lockup, staffed by police officers. In 1891, under the Prisons Act 1890, it was proclaimed to be "a public gaol, prison, and house of correction".

Prisoner rehabilitation
Prison administration

Colonial Secretary 30 Dec 1886 - 6 Aug 1896
Home Secretary 6 Aug 1896 - 15 Aug 1902

On 15 August 1902, HM Prison, Ayr was closed down by proclamation.

It appears that the Prisons Department was using its own letter stamp from approximately Sep 1890 onwards even though it was not formally recognised as a separate department until 1 Jan 1891 when the 1890 Prisons Act came into effect.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID25, Police Gaol, Ayr / HM Prison, Ayr
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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