Hay Institution for Girls



Provider: NSW Government

Year Opened: 1961

Year Closed: 1974

The Hay Institution for Girls was opened in the old Hay Gaol in 1961. It was an annex of Parramatta Girls Training School, and held 12 girls aged 15 to 18 who had committed offences, including rioting to protest their treatment, while they were in Parramatta.

For further information about this Home, please refer to: Connecting Kin: Guide to Records.

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CLAN library books (where this Home is mentioned)

ABC Stateline: Broken Girls (DVD): Reported by Sharon O’Neill, with interviews from Marlene Riley, Deborah Harris, Christine Riley, and Maureen McKernan

ABC Stateline: Eyes Down and Welcome to Hay (DVD): 9/3/2007

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