The State Children Relief Act 1901 (61/1901) replaced the 1881 legislation by the same name and was the basis of most law to do with state children. It provided the State Children's Relief Board with authority to direct the removal of state children; grant licences for the reception of state children as boarders; apprentice any child; approve persons applying to 'adopt' state children; and arrange terms of 'adoption'. The Act entitled a boarding-out officer to remove a state child from an asylum, reformatory school and arrange for the child to be boarded out. This Act was amended by the Neglected Children and Juvenile Offenders Act 1905 and repealed by The Child Welfare Act 1923.
1881 - 1901 State Children Relief Act 1881
1901 - 1923 State Children Relief Act 1901
1923 - 1939 Child Welfare Act 1923
1939 - 1987 Child Welfare Act 1939
1965 - 2003 Adoption of Children Act 1965
1987 - 2010 Children (Care and Protection) Act 1987
1998 - Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998
2000 - Adoption Act 2000
Sources used to compile this entry: Parry, Naomi, 'Such a longing': black and white children in welfare in New South Wales and Tasmania, 1880-1940, Department of History, University of New South Wales, 2007, 361 pp, http://hdl.handle.net/1959.4/40786; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, https://clan.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/connectkin_guide.pdf.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 21 February 2011, Last modified: 10 June 2021