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South Australia - Archival Series

Correspondence files ('SCD' files) - State Children's Department (1887 - 1927)

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These correspondence files cover all aspects of the State Children's Department's business and include information on the maintenance of state wards, the placement of children, the suitability of foster homes, absconded state wards, applications by parents for the return of children, applications by state wards for their wages, and more. They also contain some correspondence relating to Homes run by the Salvation Army under the control of the Department. For the period before 1891 many files are missing.


Access Conditions

A Research Centre Members card, obtainable at the Archives, is required to research records held at State Records.

Although some very early records relating to children in care in South Australia are open for access, most records relating to children are subject to a 100 year restriction, particularly those which contain personal information about individuals. Written permission must be obtained from the government agency which created the record in order to access restricted material. To obtain permission a Freedom of Information (FOI) request form must be submitted to the relevant government department. State Records staff will be able to assist you with this.


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005,

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George