The Hay Institution for Girls ended up being proclaimed within the old Hay Gaol on 28th July 1961 as being a ‘school for the reception, detention, upkeep, control, education and training of young ones and young people dedicated to such organization to be referred to as organization for females, Hay’. Its establishment arrived after a number of riots which had happened during the Parramatta Girls Home at the beginning of 1961. Girls delivered from Hay from Parramatta had been considered ‘incorrigible’.
The first girls had been moved from Parramatta in September 1961. Transfers happened during the night with girls escorted by officers regarding the long train journey to Narrandera, then put into a lockup van. Girls had been frequently sedated with largactil or valium through the journey. On arrival these were given with institutional garments, had their locks cropped were and short locked in a ‘scrubbing’ cell, frequently for a time period of 10 times. After this these people were put in another mobile, referred to as ‘cabins’, for the rest of these stay. […]