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Queensland - Archival Series

Weekly Returns (1957 - 1998)

9 July 1957
17 June 1998
Reference No
Legal Status
Silky Oaks Haven Series Number

This Archival Series contains the weekly returns that reported the nightly census of young people who experienced residential 'care' at Silky Oaks. There are gaps in this series, sadly this means some information about some people may be missing.


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.


The front side of earlier returns forms identify:

  • The number of males and females experiencing 'care'
  • The total number of young people experiencing 'care'
  • The cumulative total of males, females and all young people experiencing 'care'
  • Date of the return
  • The signature of the person completing the return (superintendent)
The reverse side of the return forms include instructions on how to complete the return form and a list of young people who have reached 'service age' i.e. no longer receive maintenance payments from the State.

Prepared by: Jackie Bettington and Elizabeth Daniels