These log books were created by the senior officer on shift at Cobham Remand Centre and capture daily information about the Centre. They include the names of new admissions and discharges to/from the centre, statistics about number of boys at the centre, and daily reports including reference to breaches of conduct and disciplinary matters. These log books are held by Museums of History NSW (State Archives).
Access to these records is currently restricted. In New South Wales, records relating to individuals, such as case files and correspondence are closed to public access for 100 years. Records such as registers and indexes are closed to public access for 80 years.
People wishing to access records about themselves will need to submit a GIPA (Government Information Public Access) form to the Department of Communities and Justice Open Government, Information and Privacy unit.
This record series was previously called Senior Officer's Log Books [Yawarra Training School for Boys, Kurri Kurri], but by July 2020 the name had been changed to Senior Officer's Log Books [Cobham Residential Care Unit] by NSW State Archives & Records. According to Connecting Kin (1998), there were 7 volumes of the Senior Officer's Log Books [Yawarra Training School for Boys, Kurri Kurri]. In July 2020 the NSW State Archives & Records listing for Senior Officer's Log Books [Cobham Residential Care Unit] did not state whether there were multiple volumes to the series.
Sources used to compile this entry: 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: Melissa Downing
Created: 10 August 2011, Last modified: 12 July 2023