• Archival Series

Education - Register of Prosecutions, Education Department

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Postal Address: GPO Box 464, Adelaide SA 5001

Phone: 08 7322 7077

Website: https://www.archives.sa.gov.au/contact-us

Reference Number

Quote this number to access your records: State Records of South Australia Series ID, GRS/7190

Records Location


Education – Register of Prosecutions is a register that records details of the prosecutions of parents for the non-attendance at school of children of school age. In the ‘Remarks’ section it includes notes on committing children to Edwardstown Industrial School, Glandore Industrial School and Glandore Children’s Home.

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Although some very early records relating to children in care in South Australia are open for access, most records relating to children are subject to a 100 year restriction, particularly those which contain personal information about individuals. Written permission must be obtained from the government agency which created the record in order to access restricted material. To obtain permission a Freedom of Information (FOI) request form must be submitted to the relevant government department. State Records staff will be able to assist you with this.


Index (two columns) on tabbed letter pages giving (1) Surname, (2) Christian name, (3) Prosecution numbers. The indexed names appear under year dates. This section is followed by entries across two pages. Left hand page: (1) No of prosecution, (2) Section, (3) Parent’s names, (4) Address, (5) Child’s name, (6) Present age, (7) Certified date of child’s absence, (8) School attended. Right hand page: (9) Prosecuting officer, (10) Locality of Court, (11) Court Fees sent – Amount/Date, (12) Result of Prosecutions – Fine/Costs/Time allowed for payment, (13) Date of hearing, (14) Remarks. Notes on contents – (3) Numbers begin afresh each year. (7) Certified date of child’s truancy/absence: gives month/day/year and am or pm. (14) remarks: include notes on committing of children and length of sentence. Sometimes provides docket reference SCB number/year.

Quantity: 1 ledger

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