• Archival Series

Register of Admissions - Industrial School, Boys Reformatory School, and Girls Reformatory School

To access these records

Please contact the State Records Research Centre:

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, GRG28/9

Records Location


This Register of Admissions contains entries for children admitted to the Industrial School (1862-1877), the Boys Reformatory School (1869-1882), and the Girls Reformatory School (1871-1882). Although the register appears to have started in 1873, it does contain entries for children admitted from 1862.

Access Conditions

This Register is Open Access and can be viewed at the State Records of South Australia reading room. Research Centre Members card, obtainable at the Archives, is required to research records held at State Records.

This register has been digitised and is available online via the Family Search website at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C3MC-XWCG?mode=g (you will need to create a free user account to access records via Family Search).


The Register of Admissions contains the following information for each child, written over two pages:

Left hand page: (1) Number, (2) Name, (3) Age, (4) Nationality, (5) Religious persuasion, (6) Date of admission, (7) Under what circumstances admitted.

Right hand page: (8) Date of leaving and under what circumstances discharged, (9) Particulars. Notes on contents – (8) Date of leaving and under what circumstances discharged: includes transfers to St Vincent de Paul’s Orphanage and information about adoptions. (9) Particulars: gives parental information.

State Records of South Australia also holds an index to this register (Series ID GRG28/10) that lists the names of children included in the register, and the page number for their entry. This index is available online at https://archives.sa.gov.au/sites/default/files/public/images/GRG28-9%20Index%20for%20website.pdf

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