Parramatta Industrial School for Females

Girls' home set up for neglected and 'uncontrollable' girls. It served a dual purpose as shelter for girls awaiting court appearances and as a reformatory. Conditions were draconian and punishment severe with little schooling but harsh 'training duties' including laundry and cleaning.

Milestone
Formed
1887
Closed
1980
Name
Alternate
Parramatta Girls Home
Alternate
Parramatta Girls' Training Home
1912 - 1946
Alternate
Parramatta Training School for Girls
1946 - 1974
Alternate
Kamballa
1974 - 1983
Position
- 1933
1893 - 1897
1898 - 1909
1906 - 1922
1907 - 1910
Property
Occupied
Occupied
1946 - 1962
Type

The Parramatta Girls Home

CC BY-SA 2.0
,
2015

As early as 1889 girls began rioting to express their anger at the conditions of the Parramatta Girls Home, an industrial school and reformatory run by the New South Wales Government from 1887 until 1975. Some 30,000 girls passed through the doors of what is now regarded as one of the most notorious institutions of its kind in Australia. Plays, documentaries and books have been produced about the lives of former inmates, greatly increasing community awareness about their experiences. The Parramatta Industrial School site is listed on the State Heritage Register and the Register of the National Estate. Parragirls, an organisation of former inmates, is lobbying for the preservation of the site as an International Site of Conscience.