Official visitors were volunteers appointed by the government, beginning in about 1965 or 1966, to visit Departmental children's Homes and make suggestions for their improvement.
Official visitors to children's homes appear to have been appointed following a Public Service Commissioner's Inquiry into Weeroona Girls' Training Centre which upheld a number of allegations against its Principal.
They visited Ashley Home, Wybra Hall, and Weeroona monthly, or more often if they wished, in order to get to know the children. They could go to all parts of the home and talk to any of the children. Official visitors could make suggestions to the Superintendent and notify the Director of the Social Welfare Department or the Minister of any problems that they found.
Sources used to compile this entry: Report of the Department of Social Welfare for the year 1965-66, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1966.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 23 July 2012, Last modified: 5 March 2015