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Series ID986
Previous System LocationTR1969 ITEM 9; SRS986
TitleAdmission Registers
Parent Series
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Start Date 16/3/1871
End Date 6/9/1906
Date Statement N/A
Date Notes N/A

Records details of admissions to the Industrial and Reformatory School for Boys in Brisbane and Toowoomba

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Departmental Numbers1 - 1404
System of Arrangement Chronological and numerical.
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Agency IDTitleFromTo
11370Reformatory School for Boys - Hulk 'Proserpine' 16/3/1871 16/2/1881
11371Reformatory School for Boys, Lytton 16/2/1881 1/10/1899
11372Diamantina Reformatory School for Boys 1/10/1899 5/5/1900
11373Westbrook Reformatory for Boys 5/5/1900 6/9/1906
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Access Category0 Years
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Agency Now Responsible
Agency ID: 8620
Department of Justice and Attorney-General (II)
Restriction DetailsN/A
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Series IDTitleRelationship
19337Case Files (Westbrook)Related
19624Case History CardsRelated
550Discharge Register
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The school has been known as the Reformatory School for Boys - Hulk "Proserpine", the Reformatory School for Boys, Lytton, the Diamantina Reformatory School for Boys, the Westbrook Reformatory for Boys (Toowoomba) and the Farm Home for Boys, Westbrook.
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This is the admission register for the boys industrial and reformatory school, consisting of: the Reformatory School for Boys - hulk 'Proserpine', the Reformatory School for Boys Lytton, Diamantina Reformatory for Boys and Westbrook Reformatory for Boys. Note that this is not the admission register for the State School established by the Department of Public Instruction for boys attending the reformatory.

This series provides a record of boys who were admitted to and served time in the industrial and reformatory school for neglect (i.e. neglected boys) or on conviction for a crime. The most common offences include larceny, "beyond control of parents," and absconding from an apprenticeship. Most inmates were under the age of 18 and were sentenced to serve time in the reformatory by the Children's Court.

Information recorded includes: admission number, date of admission, name, age, height, weight, circumference of the chest, complexion, colour of hair and eyes, place of birth, previous trade or profession, where tried, name of justice, offence, date of conviction, particulars of previous convictions, name and address of parents, occupation of parent, religious denomination, date of expiration of sentence, date of discharge, and any further remarks.

NOTE: In some cases, boys were transferred to orphanages around Brisbane before the expiration of their sentence and may later be found in local orphanage records. The date and circumstances of each boy's discharge are recorded in SRS550.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 986, Admission Registers
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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