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Western Australia - Glossary Term

Near Relative (1907 - 2004)

From
1907
To
2004

Near relative was a term defined in the State Children Act 1907 (s.4) to describe close relatives of a child. Near relatives could be asked to maintain a child.

Details

Near relative was a term defined in the State Children Act 1907 (s.4) to describe close relatives of a child. The legal definition of people classed as 'near relatives' was precise, and changed only a little over the years. Near relatives were defined differently for children born in wedlock and those who were 'illegitimate'. The near relatives of an illegitimate child were 'the mother and the person admitting himself to be or adjudged by a competent Court to be the father of such child, and the husband of the mother of such child, if born before their marriage'. Other children's near relatives were 'father, mother, step-father, step-mother, brother, sister, or any grand parent of the child'. The Child Welfare Act 1947 (s.4) removed the court's role in defining the father of an illegitimate child. The term continued to be used until it was replaced in the Children and Community Services Act 2004 (s.3) by the more general descriptor, relative.

Publications

Books

  • Lang, Jean, The Open Door: a History of Loving Care for Families, House of Mercy-Alexandra Home-Ngala, 1890-1980, Ngala Mothercraft Home & Training Centre Inc., Perth, 1980. pp. 25, 37, 51, 61,63, 65-68, 72, 83. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004, http://signposts.cpfs.wa.gov.au/pdf/pdf.aspx; Lang, Jean, The Open Door: a History of Loving Care for Families, House of Mercy-Alexandra Home-Ngala, 1890-1980, Ngala Mothercraft Home & Training Centre Inc., Perth, 1980. pp. 25, 37, 51, 61,63, 65-68, 72, 83..

Prepared by: Debra Rosser