Colony of Tasmania
The Sheriff and Gaols Department, established in 1824, enforced Supreme Court judgements and managed the jury system. In this role, it oversaw local gaols, many of which housed children. In 1901, following Australian federation, Tasmania became a state and the state government took over the management of the Sheriff and Gaols Department.
1824 - 1936 Sherriff and Gaols Department
1901 - 1924 Sherriff and Gaols Department
1936 - 1944 HM Gaols Department
1944 - 1959 Gaols Department
1959 - 1983 Prisons Department
1983 - c. 1992 Law Department
c. 1992 - 1998 Department of Justice
1998 - c. 2004 Department of Justice and Industrial Relations
c. 2004 - Department of Justice
Sources used to compile this entry: Wettenhall, RL, A Guide to Tasmanian Government Administration, Platypus Publications, Hobart, 1968, 206 pp.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 9 August 2013, Last modified: 15 May 2014