Shaftesbury Reformatory School
Provider: NSW Government
Year Opened: 1880
Year Closed: 1904
The following information is courtesy to NSW State Records:
On 5 February 1880 the premises on Cockatoo Island known as the Biloela Reformatory and Industrial School ceased to be a Reformatory School and the Shaftesbury Reformatory for Females at Watson’s Bay was proclaimed. The cottage style premises were intended to house forty to fifty girls. Girls were sentenced to the reformatory for periods of one to five years.
The numbers actually housed here were small often numbering fewer than 20. 13 girls were in residence in 1900 when the State Children Relief Board took control of Shaftesbury. The Board then placed 25 female State wards (either invalids or girls who were unsuitable to apprentice as domestic servants) into the home in addition to the girls under sentence.
The Shaftesbury closed in March 1904 and the girls were boarded-out. On 12 April 1904 the Shaftesbury ceased to be a reformatory school and a portion of the Central Depot for the State children at “Ormond House”, Paddington was proclaimed a Reformatory School for Females. The girls under sentence were transferred to Ormond House in 1905.
The above information is courtesy to NSW State Records.
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