Publication date: Tuesday, 21 November 2017
The Mary Wade Correctional Centre was officially opened on Friday, 17 November 2017 by Minister for Corrections David Elliott.
Formerly the Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre, the new centre has undergone numerous alterations, including improved perimeter fencing, refurbishment of existing buildings, and upgrades to security.
Now a 94-bed maximum security women's prison, the centre includes audio-visual facilities to allow inmates to attend court remotely from site, and has been built to high security and technological standards.
An Open Day was also held at the centre on Saturday, 18 November where Corrective Services NSW staff welcomed more than 200 local residents and descendants of Mary Wade.
Visitors were able to get a rare behind-the-scenes look at a maximum-security facility, ask questions and watch the K9 Unit in action before enjoying a free barbecue.
Governor Paula Quarrie said, "This open day was a chance for locals to say hello to staff, ask us questions and gain a better understanding of the important work staff will be doing with the inmates when they arrive."
Creating around 98 jobs, the new centre will help support female offenders to rehabilitate and break the cycle of crime. Inmates are due to arrive at the centre in December this year.
Mary Wade was just 13 years old when she was transported from England on the Second Fleet Ship, Lady Juliana, in July 1789. Mary was emancipated in 1812, 23 years after her conviction, and passed away in 1859 at the age of 84. Mary now has more than 7,000 documented descendants throughout the world.
Above: members of the K9 Unit in action at the Mary Wade Correctional Centre Open Day.