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South Australia - Archival Series

Corporate files, three-tiered numeric series - Community Welfare Department and successor agencies (1918 - 2008)

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This series contains administrative type files created by the various government departments responsible for the running and supervision of children's homes and other institutions from 1918 to 2008. Although most of the files were created in 1972 or later, they also contain information from before 1972. Subjects covered by these files include aboriginal matters, child protection, community development, complaints, fostering of children, social planning, research and development, and young offenders. These files may contain material related to many Government Homes and non-government Homes under the supervision of the Department.


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