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South Australia - Archival Series

Case histories of children in the care of the Department (1938 - 1962)

Social Welfare Department and Predecessors

Reference No
Legal Status
State Records of South Australia Series ID

Brief case histories of children under departmental care. Histories give: (1) Date of birth, (2) Parents' names, (3) General circumstances, (4) Details of committal, (5) details of institutional and residential placement. Arranged alphabetically by surname.


Access Conditions

A Research Centre Members card, obtainable at the Archives, is required to research records held at State Records.

Although some very early records relating to children in care in South Australia are open for access, most records relating to children are subject to a 100 year restriction, particularly those which contain personal information about individuals. Written permission must be obtained from the government agency which created the record in order to access restricted material. To obtain permission a Freedom of Information (FOI) request form must be submitted to the relevant government department. State Records staff will be able to assist you with this.


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