Essington House, reports on juveniles is a series of files on individual children. Each file carries the name of a child and the title 'miscellaneous file'. The files contain correspondence, reports and other documents relating to children in Essington House and in other Homes in the Northern Territory and interstate.
Most government records in the Northern Territory are open for research 30 years after the end of the year in which the records were created. Some records, however, are subject to restrictions due to their sensitive or confidential nature. This is the case with many records related to children under the care of the government. These records are restricted for 100 years from the date of their creation.
To apply for access to closed records, you will need to write to the Northern Territory Archives Service. The government agency responsible for the records you wish to access will then consider the granting of access. This is done on a case by case basis. Please contact the Archives for assistance and further information about how to apply for access to closed records. A number of Fact Sheets for researchers are also available on the Archives website.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 30 August 2012, Last modified: 3 December 2014