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South Australia - Archival Series

Rough register of children in the care of the Department (1920 - 1921)

State Children's Department

Reference No
Legal Status
State Records of South Australia Series ID

Each page is divided into four with two squares at top and bottom. Record is arranged chronologically and provides: (1) Name, (2) Age, (3) Birth date, (4) Religion, (5) Sentenced or Movement from and to, (6) Where in service or where institutionalised. Each entry has a vide reference such as 893/20 [meaning number/year] referring to a correspondence docket. Quantity: 1 ledger. Related Homes include Seaforth Convalescent Home (1921 - 1946) and Edwardstown Industrial School (1898 - 1950).


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.

Related Organisations

  • Edwardstown Industrial School (1898 - 1949)

    Held by State Records of SA. This register contains brief information relating to the movement of children in Departmental institutions. It includes references to the Edwardstown Industrial School.


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