• Archival Series

Correspondence files, Aborigines Welfare Board

To access these records

Please contact the Family Records Unit, Department of Aboriginal Affairs:

Postal Address: PO Box 207, Mascot NSW 1460

Phone: 1800 019 998

Email: familyhistory@aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au

Website: https://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/healing-and-reparations/family-records-service/

Reference Number

Quote this number to access your records: State Records Authority of New South Wales Series Number, 9


The Correspondence files of the Aborigines Welfare Board is a series of records held by the NSW State Archives. The files pertain to such matters as: reports on conditions of reserves; case histories of ex-wards of the Board; acquisitions of land; purchase and construction of houses; repair and maintenance of properties; tenancies; home loans; education grants; exemption applications (permits to drink); and social and financial aid to Aboriginal people. Files relating to general administrative matters are also included. Many files contain maps and plans from the Government Architect’s Office; other files include black and white prints. The exemption applications usually contain photographs of the applicants.

Access Conditions

Due to the sensitive nature of these records access is restricted. Persons wishing to view these records must first contact the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.


During reboxing work on these files it was realised that connections between some files in this series had been lost, and parts of records had become separated from their original files. It was also discovered that some of these records dated to earlier than first thought, dating back to 1938 rather than 1949.

Quantity: 292 boxes, 1 document.

An index to the Correspondence files, 1945-1969 was compiled by Ken Brindle in 1987. Copies of this index is held by State Archives NSW, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. The index, like the files, is restricted.

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