I am a PhD candidate at Bond University/
My proposed research will examine the conditions of teenage males during their incarceration at the Institution for Boys (also called Home for Boys) Tamworth (IBT), who had not committed criminal offences before being institutionalised. They were sent to the institution by the Department of Children’s Services (DoCS), not the courts. The question is did the treatment during their institutionalisation have any foundation or links to their adult criminological behaviour? It is also envisaged that this case study will fill a void in Australian history connected to the “Forgotten Australians” and the “Stolen Generation”.
While exploring the major research objective, some issues that relate to it will also be pursued. These include:
1) Why did the Department of Children’s Services (DoCS) send the 16-18 year old males to IBT?
2) How long were the males there and how often?
3) What were IBT’s normal routine, values and culture?
4) What was the nature of the punishment regime at IBT?
5) Was this punishment at IBT a deterrent to future misbehaviour?
6) What effect did the incarceration at IBT have on the inmates, both at the time they were at IBT and when they left IBT?
In order to direct people to my website so they can complete the questionnaires or agree to be interviewed, I am seeking help and advice from relevant organisations.
I would be grateful if you could publish the following information in the Forgotten Australians section of the Families Australia website.
A PhD candidate from Bond University wishes to contact people who had any connections to the Institution for Boys Tamworth from 1948 to 1976. If this is YOU, please go to the website: http://www.institutionforboystamworth.com/ for relevant information.
For any further information, please email me or phone me on 07 55 200101.
55 Cassowary Drive
Burleigh Waters Qld 4220