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South Australia - Archival Collection

Records of the Social Welfare Department and predecessors (1849 - c. 1987)

c. 1987
Reference No
Legal Status
State Records of South Australia Agency ID

This collection includes records of the Social Welfare Department and its predecessor Departments. It also includes some records from later Departments including the Department of Social Welfare and Aboriginal Affairs, and the Department for Community Welfare.


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


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