Board for the Protection of Aborigines
The Ward Registers are short documents compiled by the Board for the Protection of Aborigines between 1916 and the 1940s, that record details of Aboriginal wards in the apprenticeship system and institutions. The Registers record date of birth, place of removal, parents', siblings and other relatives' names, and the names of employers, institutions the children attended and the date and circumstances of their discharge.
These records are restricted. Written permission is required from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
A microfilm copy of these records exists, with the reference number 4/8553-54; microfilm copy SR Reel 2793
The Ward Registers were compiled from 1916 until 1923, but the records contain information from 1905 into the 1940s. These records were also referred to by the Board as 'movement forms'.
According to the State Records of NSW catalogue, the Board could assume full control and custody of the child of any Aborigine if after due inquiry the Board was satisfied that it was in the interest of the moral or physical welfare of the child.
These registers comprise consecutively numbered forms which were filled in when the child was made a ward. Each form records the date; name of child; date and place of birth; religion; reason for assuming control; father's name, occupation and address; mother's name and address; particulars of other relatives (including brothers and sisters); other situations; further particulars (where living during childhood and in whose care); to what Home sent; certificate of admission; disposal (ie. The late history of the child); and signature and office (although the forms are usually unsigned, some are signed by either police, or managers of stations or reserves). There are usually some later annotations giving further details.
Occasionally correspondence is attached to the form.
Quantity: 2 volumes.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 27 October 2011, Last modified: 9 July 2020