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Australia - Concept

State Ward (c. 1880 - 1990s)

c. 1880
Term commonly found on child welfare records
Alternative Names
  • Ward of State (Also known as)

State ward or ward of state were the terms used to describe a child under the guardianship of a State child welfare authority (for example, the Victorian Child Welfare Department).

Sources used to compile this entry: Brendan Nathan (Team Leader, Freedom of Information), Corporate Integrity Information and Resolutions unit, Department of Human Services.

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill