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South Australia - Organisation

State Records of South Australia (1919 - )

Records Access Service and Records Holder

State Records of South Australia is the government archives of South Australia and holds a large part of the state's official documentary heritage, including records relating to institutions for children.


Access Conditions

Many records relating to institutions for children in South Australia are subject to access restrictions. Records which contain a high level of sensitive personal information about individuals are usually restricted for at least one hundred years from the date of their creation. Information relating to adoptions is closed to general public access in perpetuity but may be made available to the relevant individuals on application. Written Permission must be obtained from the government agency which created the record in order to access restricted material. In the case of records relating to children, the agency responsible is the Adoption and Family Information Service of the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion. A Research Centre Members card, obtainable at the State Records, is required to research records held at State Records.



Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005,

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George