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South Australia - Archival Series

Log books - South Australia Youth Training Centre, South Australian Youth Remand and Assessment Centre, and predecessors (1961 - 1996)

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These logs are archived under SAYTC, the name for McNally Training Centre from 1979, but were also kept prior to that change. Logs record happenings during staff shifts- for staff accountability, to record any action taken and for handover from one shift to another. They record checks on inmates at 5, 15 or 30 minute intervals. Entries include names and many other details of boys including admittance and discharges, absconding, offences, length of sentences, behaviour, visitors, incidents and action taken, as well as other matters.


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