Biloela Reformatory and Industrial School

Reform school for girls established on Cockatoo Island in 1871.

Milestone
Opened
1871
Closed
1880
Replaced by
1880
Type

Biloela Reformatory and Industrial School

CC BY-SA 2.0
,
2010

Product of a public controversy about neglected and wayward children, Biloela Reformatory was seen as an advance on imprisoning girls in adult gaols, but it quickly became a dysfunctional institution and lasted less than a decade.