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Queensland - Archival Series

Client Files - correspondence with State Government Departments (1940 - c. 1976)

8 June 1940
c. 31 December 1976
Reference No
Legal Status
Silky Oaks Haven Series Number

This Archival Series contains correspondence between Silky Oaks Children's Haven and the State Government departments responsible for child protection between 1940 and about 1976. There is an index of client names and identified items included with these files.


Access Conditions

Documentation has been kept from 1940 onwards. However, information on residents in the early years is sparse. All past and present residents can have access to their files and the information therein. In cases where there are reports from professionals (eg psychologist), permission is first sought from the professional to release this information.

Persons wishing to view their file may need to establish their identity before access is granted. Once this is established, a mutually suitable time to view the material is made.


This correspondence includes matters relating to licencsing and registration as a 'home', procedures and specific individuals and families. Client-related matters discussed include official notification of discharge from 'State care' and the payment of pensions.

This Archival Series also documents a number of Government 'approvals' for people who experienced 'care' through the Silky Oaks Children's Haven and the staff who provided 'care' related to:

  • School Attendance
  • Funding for school supplies
  • Ice cream for children on Christmas day
  • 'Radio godparents'
  • Apportionment of children's wages, training, and safety inspections of property
  • Expenditure on improvements
  • 'Vacation care'

Prepared by: Jackie Bettington and Elizabeth Daniels