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South Australia - Archival Series

Children's records and/or Old Colebrook Home records (1920s - 1980s)


System cards have handwritten columns recording: (1) Surname, (2) Christian name, (3) Date of birth, (4) Place of birth, (5) Admitted, (6) From, (7) Mother's name, (8) Father's name, (9) Address, (10) Discharged, (11) Destination, (12) Other remarks. Notes on contents - (12) Other remarks - includes information relating to health, immunizations, death of parents, availability for adoption, holidays and transfers between homes, siblings, work, information on birth. Receipts, letters, and reports from Department of Community Welfare are sometimes attached to cards.


Access Conditions

To make an enquiry with regard to personal records which may be held by the UAM Archives, you will need to fill out a form entitled 'Request for details of personal information held by the United Aborigines Mission'. This form requires the provision of personal details and as much information as possible with regard to the home in which they were resident. Dates of admission and discharge are also required. The UAM will search records free of charge subject to the researcher signing the following agreement, included on the form:

1. That the UAM has no obligation to ensure that any information which it has in its records is found;

2. That you release UAM from any action, suit, claim or demand in respect of any act or omission of UAM and its servants and agents in respect of the subject of your inquiry.


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