Turana Boys Home
900 Park Drive, Royal Park
Provider: Victorian Government
Year Opened: 1952
Year Closed: 1993
Also known as Turana Youth Training Centre, Royal Park Depot, Turana Reception Centre (1955-1968) and Turana Juvenile School (1957-1962)
The different sections of Turana Boys Home were:
- Billabong originally called Coolabah
- Poplar Cottage
- Quamby House
- Waratah House
The Royal Park Depot in Parkville was the sole reception centre for children committed to State Care from 1880 – 1961. The buildings were renamed Turana in 1952.
From around 1960, the Government established new reception centres, to alleviate overcrowding at Turana. By the 1990’s the state was contracting out ‘reception care’ to non-government agencies.
Turana operated as a youth training centre from around 1985.
The Melbourne Youth Justice Centre opened on the site in 1993, and the Parkville Youth Residential Centre opened on the site in 1991.
Does anyone know of Douglas Roy Wilkie, a youth worker at Turana Boys Home, Parkville in 1960 – 1963? If so, can you please ring CLAN on 1800 008 774.
Pages and articles mentioning this home
Sex abuse royal commission to investigate ‘horrible’ youth training centres where children were ‘treated as numbers’ – Interview with CLAN CEO Leonie Sheedy – ABC News
Turana Youth Training Centre (researchdata.edu.au)
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“Footage and photos of Turana YTC Park St Parkville”
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