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South Australia - Archival Series

Register of admissions to the Destitute Asylum, Adelaide (1870 - 1924)

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Details of persons (including children) admitted to the Asylum. Among other information entries provide name, age, nationality, religion, relatives, admission and discharge details and where discharged to. Notes on contents - A card index to this series is available. Each card gives (1) Name, (2) Age, (3) Residence, (4) Number of children, (5) How long in colony, (6) Ship, (7) Trade, (8) Year of application, (9) Page of entry or entry number, (10) Nationality. Date range - 1870-1873, 1881-1924. Quantity: 8 volumes


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