• Archival Series

Register of Admissions - Boys' Reformatory Magill

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Reference Number

Quote this number to access your records: State Records of South Australia Series ID, GRG29/110


This series comprises five (5) registers of admissions to the Boys’ Reformatory, Magill from 1877 to 1943. Volume 1 also covers admissions to the Boys’ Reformatory Hulk, The Fitzjames. Information varies over time, but most volumes give number, name, age, date of birth, last place of residence, details of relatives, court of committal, reason of admission, date of admission, date of leaving and destination. Volume 1 covering the period 1877-1898 has columns for ‘ship’ and ‘how long in colony’, but most entries read ‘native born’.

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