Tamworth Boys’ Home, The Institution For Boys, Tamworth
Dean and Johnson Street
Provider: NSW Government
Year Opened: 1947
Year Closed: 1976
Initially, it was used to house convicts sentenced to imprisonment in northern NSW.
On June 6, 1947 the then NSW Premier proclaimed the jail to be an institution for “the reception, detention, maintenance, discipline, education and training of children and young persons committed to such institutuion” and that such institutuion be named “The Institution for Boys Tamworth”.
During April 1948 the first inmates were transferred from the Mount Penang Training School For Boys at Gosford.
The site is now a correctional facility.
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Abandoned at birth, George Lee’s childhood in England in the 50s was a roller coaster of extremes; at times loved and nurtured; at others, beaten and cruelly abused. Brought to Australia at the age of twelve, George escaped from the tyranny of life at home only to find that life on the streets had its own dangers. George began years of life as a state ward in both NSW and Victoria. In Victoria he was mostly treated fairly, humanely and even with compassion. In NSW, by stark contrast, George experienced inhumane, tough and often extremely brutal and abusive treatment. Fight or flight was George’s usual response to cruelty. Escaping, or going dingo was occasionally exciting and fun, but each brief taste of freedom cost him dearly. George is a good storyteller. Every experience comes to life. Happy times with good, caring people temper his painful memories of mental, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of people whose actions beggar belief. This true story elicits many strong emotions. It is compelling reading.