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South Australia - Archival Series

Photographs of Departmental institutions (1945 - 1970)

Social Welfare Department and Predecessors

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State Records of South Australia Series ID

These two large photo albums (GRG 29/136) contain photographs of institutions under the control of the Department of Social Welfare and its predecessors, as well as some privately run institutions. Photographs include images of interiors and exteriors of institutions as well as children and staff. A large number of photographs of children on annual camps are also included in this section. The majority of the photographs date from the 1940s and 1950s.


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.


Photographs include images from these institutions:
Seaforth Home
Glandore Industrial School
Struan Farm School, Naracoorte
Kumanka Boys' Hostel
Lochiel Park Boys' Training Centre
Allambi Girls' Hostel
Boys' Reformatory, Magill (aka Magill Boys' Training School)
Vaughan House (formerly Barton Vale Girls' Home)
The Convent of the Good Shepherd 'The Pines'


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