Kingston has been released & is living at the Freedom Centre in Ellendale in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley.



Paedophile bashed in jail

Updated August 30, 2011 15:35:45

A convicted paedophile has need medical treatment after being attacked in the medium security section of Risdon Prison.

The prison has confirmed an inmate was attacked on Monday.

Vivian Frank Kingston’s wrist was broken in the attack.

The 69 year old was sentenced to eight years jail in 2005 after being convicted of 24 counts of sexual abuse involving 15 boys in the 1970s.

He was extradited to Tasmania after being convicted in South Australia and Victoria for similar offences against young males during the 1980s and ’90s.



Govt rejects compo claim over sexual abuse

Posted August 29, 2011 11:19:36

The Tasmanian Government has sought legal advice to determine if it had a duty of care for a sexual abuse victim from the 1970s.

Robert McKellar Ellis is seeking an ex-gratia payment after a local government employee pleaded guilty to sexually abusing him in Burnie while he was on a court-appointed work order.

The supervisor of the work orders, Vivian Frank Kingston, was convicted in 2005 of abusing Mr Mackellar-Ellis and 14 other boys.

He was sentenced to eight years jail for 24 counts of sexual abuse in what the judge described as “…a scene of great depravity.”

Kingston was extradited to Tasmania after being convicted in South Australia and Victoria for similar offences against young males during the 1980’s and ’90’s.

Most of his victims were under the age of 17 and were from a nearby school.

Abuse support groups have condemned the Government’s decision to reject Mr McKellar-Ellis’ compensation claim.

The Premier, Lara Giddings, says the State Government sought legal advice on the claim and decided it could not be held accountable for the actions of a council worker.



Man jailed on sex charges

Posted Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:38pm AEDT

A man in Tasmania’s north-west been given eight years jail for sex offences against young boys.

The Criminal Court in Burnie has been told the offences date back to the 1970s.

Vivian Frank Kingston, 69, made a full confession when confronted by police.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person, two counts of having sexual intercourse with a young person and 18 counts of indecent assault.

The chief justice, Peter Underwood, said 15 different boys were lured into Kingston’s hut at West Park with promises of beer, cigarettes and pornography.

He said community revulsion at Kingston’s criminal behaviour calls for the imposition of severe punishment.

Kingston was given a non-parole period of five years.


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  1. Paul Benbow says:

    Thank you for your informative site, we are a family living in Ellendale and are interested to know more about his history, the people who have helped him to move into our community have deliberately not told us of his offences in south Australia and Victoria. I am hoping you can point me in the direction of information on these offences so I can inform other residents , thank mate.

  2. Jane Donaghy says:

    Hi, I am also a resident in Ellendale, where the Freedom Centre have set up a facility to house sex offenders.
    Three men are living at the house, & in addition to Vivienne Kingston whose partial record is public notice, there are 2 othe men with convictions for sex offences, one of these against children.
    Where can I find the convictions for John Joseph Rogers and Gerrit Kroes.

    • Serendipity says:

      Sorry, they are not known to us.

      • Jane Donaghy says:

        Thanks for letting me know. If I email you at the address provided above, would you be able to confirm the offences committed by Vivienne Kingston in South Australia & Victoria. I also need to make a private enquiry about one of the men mentioned, that the death of a child was involved.

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