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Queensland - Archival Series

Log Books (c. 1950 - c. 2001)

Queensland Government-run Juvenile Detention Institutions

c. 1950
c. 2001
Alternative Names
  • Observation Books (Also known as)
  • Section Report Books (Also known as)

The Log Books (also known as Observation Books and Section Report Books) are records that were kept in Queensland government-run juvenile detention institutions. They contain information on each child in a section, which was entered by staff (youth workers, training workers) at the end of each shift. This information includes medical issues and medication, injuries or incidents and a brief description of behaviour and activities during that shift.


Access Conditions

Although the files are confidential and access is therefore restricted, Department of Justice and Attorney General supports the rights of former residents to obtain information about themselves.

The Department is aware that former residents often want the records of their family member and/or other people. This information is often sensitive and personal in nature. To safeguard the rights of privacy, clients are unable to obtain information about other people, including other family members, without the authority of the person/people concerned. This protects the right to privacy of all individuals, as personal information on other people will be given out only with their permission.


A definitive date range for these records cannot be confirmed. It is estimated they relate approximately to the years 1950 to 2001.

Prepared by: Lee Butterworth