Agency VA 2847
Janefield (Colony 1937-1962; Training Centre 1962-1996)
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Date Range: 1937 - 1996
 
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Janefield Colony was opened in October 1937, situated on Plenty Road, Bundoora. Its proclamation as a centre catering for mentally deficient children was published in the Victoria Government Gazette on 27 October 1937. Janefield's function was to provide accommodation and educational instruction for these children.

The Janefield Colony was located on the site of the Janefield Sanatorium, a training farm for tuberculosis patients, run by the Australian Red Cross Society from 1920 to 1933. The first children were transferred to Janefield from Kew Cottages in 1937.

Janefield was known as a "Colony" until 1962. In October 1962 Janefield was proclaimed a Training Centre under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1959 (No.6605).

Facilities available at Janefield Training Centre included a Special School, Farm, Gymnasium and a Family Unit.

In 1985 responsibility for the Janefield was transferred from the Mental Retardation Division of the Department of Health II (VA 2695) to the Office of Intellectual Disability Services, a division of Community Services Victoria (VA 2633). In 1996, when Janefield closed, its residents were transferred to other services for people with intellectual disabilities.






 
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1937 - 1962 Admission and Discharge Register of Residents (Janefield Colony) VPRS 18182 North Melbourne Closed
1937 - 1967 Admission and Discharge Register of Special Non-Certified Residents VPRS 18170 North Melbourne Closed
1937 - 1968 Index to Admission and Discharge Register of Special Non-Certified Residents VPRS 18184 North Melbourne Closed
1937 - 1973 Staff Register VPRS 17934 North Melbourne Closed
1938 - ? 1954 Post Mortem Register VPRS 7435 North Melbourne Closed
1938 - 1962 Admission and Discharge Register of Voluntary Boarders (Janefield Colony) VPRS 18166 North Melbourne Closed
1938 - 1962 Discharge Register (Janefield Colony) VPRS 18172 North Melbourne Closed
1938 - 1967 Trial Leave Register VPRS 18169 North Melbourne Closed
1960 - 1968 Nominal Register of Residents VPRS 18361 North Melbourne Closed
1962 - 1978 Admission and Discharge Register of Residents (Janefield Training Centre) VPRS 18171 North Melbourne Closed
1968 - 1968 Admission and Discharge Register of Residents: Special Cases (Janefield Training Centre) VPRS 18183 North Melbourne Closed
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1937 - 1996 Intellectual disability services VF 249
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1934 - 1944 Department of Mental Hygiene (located in Chief Secretary's Department VA 475) VA 2865
1944 - 1978 Mental Hygiene Branch, Department of Health I VA 2866
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1937 - 1993 Janefield (Special School No.4563; previously known as Janefield Colony) VA 3956
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1937 - 1996 Health and Welfare Agencies VRG 8