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South Australia - Archival Series

Correspondence files ('CW & PRD' and 'SW' files) -Children's Welfare and Public Relief Department and successors (1927 - c. 1979)

c. 1979
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Legal Status
State Records of South Australia Seires ID

Correspondence dockets comprising files of letters and other documents related to a particular subject, filed chronologically. Most of this correspondence is not yet indexed but dockets relate to many different subjects and include correspondence related to homes run by the Catholic Church, and the Salvation Army, under the control of the Department. Some dockets relate to the cases of individual children.


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