Formation of the ACPC

The Australian Crime Prevention Council was formed in Adelaide in May 1960 during a conference held at the University of Adelaide and attended by members of the judiciary, prison after care workers and representatives of Government, church and voluntary agencies from across Australia.

 

Second National Conference: Sydney, 1962


Justice McClemens

The council held its Second conference in Sydney NSW between 19th and 23rd February 1962. Attended by 143 delegates, it was opened by the Minister for Justice, Hon N.J. Mannix, and included visits to Wollongong and Bathurst. Several important resolutions were passed at the conclusion. A principal speaker at the conference was Mr Gordon Hawkins, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Sydney. His address “The World is my Prison” was subsequently published as the first of a series of publications by the Council.
Judge Rainbow, the inaugural President, died in late 1963 and was replaced by Justice McClemens (pictured right).


Third National Conference: Hobart, 1965

 


Mr Ray Whitrod

The Third Conference was held in Hobart, Tasmania, between 25th and 29th January 1965. Opened by the Tasmanian Governor, Sir Charles Gardiner, and attended by 80 members, the conference included 4 overseas guests including Mr V.N. Pillai of the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the prevention of crime and treatment of offenders, Tokyo; Mr Pao-Ji-Tsai of the Republic of China, and Mr Pandit Bhanichakarn and Mr Dhawee Choosap of the Department of Corrections, Thailand.
At about this time Mr Ray Whitrod was National President (pictured left).
Mr C. Bevan, Queensland Adult Probation and Parole service, was elected as a Vice President and Mrs Marjorie North as assistant secretary. Mrs North continued her involvement with the Council through the to the 1990s.  1965 Conference - Mrs Marjorie North (centre)
A highlight of this conference was a special seminar addressed by Sir John Barry of the Supreme Court, Victoria (pictured right). He suggested that an Institute be established in Australia to undertake research in the field of crime prevention and provide education and consultative and advisory services to governments and institutions in the formulation of policies and programs in the field of social defence.

Sir John Barry
It was also proposed that the Council broaden its own scope beyond the sphere of rehabilitation and after care, so as to include the whole correctional process.
The Conference then resolved to recommend to governments to take steps to set up a system of National Crime Statistics without delay, and to the Commonwealth Government to set up an Institute directed towards the correction of crime and the rehabilitation of offenders.
This resolution ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Australian Institute of Criminology.

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