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Agency VA 4105
Her Majesty's Prison, Morwell River (known as Morwell River Reforestation Prison 1961 - 1997)
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Date Range: 1961 - 1997
 
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Morwell River Reforestation Prison was a minimum security prison located in Morwell, Victoria. It housed approximately eighty prisoners who were serving short sentences or were nearing the end of longer ones. Prisoners undertook reforestation and farming activities.

In May 1961, the Morwell River Reforestation Prison was established on the site of a former Forestry Commission camp. Prisoners renovated the former camp and enlarged the facilities to provide accommodation initially for forty prisoners, and by 1962, eighty prisoners could be housed.

In 1963, a group of prisoners and prison officers from Morwell River Prison began construction of Won Wron Prison (VA 4834), another minimum security reforestation prison established in Gippsland.

Under part IV of the Social Welfare Act 1970 (Act No. 8089), Morwell River Reforestation Prison was proclaimed a prison on 3 May 1972. This was published in the Government Gazette no. 30, 3 May 1972.

Under Schedule 2 of the Corrections Act 1986 (Act no. 117/1986), Morwell River Reforestation Prison was renamed Her Majesty's Prison, Morwell River. It continued as a minimum security prison until 1997, when it closed.

Research note:
While Morwell River closed as a prison in 1997, the appointment of Morwell River as a prison was not revoked until 2005. Under section 10(3A) of the Corrections Act 1986, Morwell River was revoked as a prison on 3 February 2005. This revocation was published in the Government Gazette, no. G5, 3 February 2005.
 
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? 1961 - 1997 Governor's Diaries VPRS 11761 North Melbourne Closed
1962 - 1989 Visiting Magistrates/Justice Book VPRS 16231 North Melbourne Closed
1968 - 1993 Governor's Correspondence Files VPRS 11791 North Melbourne Closed
1978 - ? 1991 Admission and Discharge Register VPRS 11928 North Melbourne Closed
1988 - 1997 Register of Prisoner Charges Heard Before the Governor VPRS 16227 North Melbourne Closed
1994 - 1996 Prisoner Discharge Files VPRS 16228 North Melbourne Closed
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1961 - 1971 Social Welfare Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 2784
1971 - 1979 Social Welfare Department VA 946
1979 - 1983 Department of Community Welfare Services VA 613
1983 - 1992 Office of Corrections VA 1063
1992 - 1997 Department of Justice VA 3085
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1961 - 1997 Prisons and Youth Training Centres VRG 9
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