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South Australia - Archival Series

Release orders under the Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act, 1946 (1950 - 1960)

Social Welfare Department

Reference No
Legal Status
State Records of South Australia Series ID

This series consists of completed application forms giving personal details, address in the United Kingdom, referees, name of parent or guardian, date of arrival in South Australia and the name of the ship. Also contains correspondence between the child and the Department and between the Department and the farmer with whom the child worked. A listing for this series has been created but is restricted from public access until 2040.


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