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 cirumstances of each boy's discharge are recorded in SRS550.