The file Leprosy in the Commonwealth contains government correspondence related to the deportation of people suffering from leprosy. It contains a report on leprosy cases across the Commonwealth that includes the Northern Territory.
Under the Archives Act 1983, for most Commonwealth records, the date the records were created determines whether they are open for public access or not. Once records fall in the Open access period, that is 20 years after the date of the creation of the record, they become open for researchers to look at. Some records, however, continue to be subject to restrictions for various reasons. Other records are only closed because they have not yet been examined in detail by Archivists.
On Recordsearch, the search engine of the National Archives, you can see if a record is open or not and whether it has been digitized. This record is open for access and a digitised version is available for viewing through Recordsearch. Information about how to access records through Recordsearch is also available on the website.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 5 April 2013, Last modified: 15 December 2014