The Anglican Archdiocese of Brisbane

The Anglican Archdiocese of Brisbane, also known as Anglican Church Southern Queensland, forms part of the Anglican church. Anglicanism is a Western Christian tradition that has developed from the practices, liturgy, and identity of the Church of England. It is one of the largest branches of Christianity.  

The Anglican Archdiocese of Brisbane has a strong ecumenical relationship with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane. The Anglican, Roman Catholic and Uniting churches perform some collaborative ministry, and the Lutheran Church of Australia has been in discussions with them. However, the Anglican Archdiocese of Brisbane only recognises church denominations with an episcopal form of government.  

Enoggera Boys’ School, QLD

In June 1906, the Anglican Archdiocese of Brisbane established and opened Enoggera Boys’ School, QLD (also known as the ‘Church of England Boys’ Home’) situated at Hurdcotte Street, Enoggera QLD. Enoggera Boys’ School was operated by a private committee and the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane. The committee aimed to give the boys agricultural training, while providing a healthy environment. Through their agricultural activities the boys contributed to the support of the home. 

On 27 June 1940, Enoggera Boys’ School was licensed under the State Children Act 1911. This meant that the Anglican Archdiocese of Brisbane was paid by the Queensland government to look after the children at Enoggera Boys’ School. 

Enoggera Boys’ School closed on 6 October 1978. After being unused for some years, the Enoggera Boys’ School property was transferred to the Hillbrook Anglican School Limited in 1987. 

History of Abuse at Enoggera Boys’ School, QLD

Throughout the 1960s, Enoggera Boys’ School was also home to a trainee policeman who volunteered to help care for the children at Enoggera. This trainee policeman’s name was Mr Graham Noyes. Survivors have reported that Graham Noyes sexually abused the boys on a regular basis. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard from a former state ward, Mr Dennis Dodt, who reported that Graham Noyes once pinned Dennis to a bed and forced his penis into Dennis’ mouth until he blacked out. This abuse incident occurred when Dennis was seven years old. In 1993 after finishing school, Dennis reported the abuse by Graham Noyes to a police officer. Several years later, Dennis was contacted by the police and was told the police were investigating Graham Noyes for child sexual abuse charges. In 1999, Graham Noyes was charged for 53 child sex abuse offences involving ten victims. He was acquitted three times but was ultimately found guilty in the fourth trial.  

The Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions in 1998-1999 received submissions from former residents of the Enoggera Boys’ Home claiming they suffered discrimination and feelings of stigmatisation at school attached to being a ‘Home boy’. It was the type of clothes worn by the residents that made them easily identifiable. The boys wore the home “uniform” and it was also claimed that they had to do this without wearing underwear. 

In March 2017, at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse it was reported that the Anglican Archdiocese of Brisbane was subject to more complaints than any other Anglican diocese. 

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