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Tasmania - Organisation

Sherriff and Gaols Department (1824 - 1936)

Colony of Tasmania

From
1824
To
1936
Categories
Government Department

The Sheriff and Gaols Department, established in 1824, enforced Supreme Court judgements and managed the jury system. In this role, it oversaw local gaols, many of which housed children. In 1901, following Australian federation, Tasmania became a state and the state government took over the management of the Sheriff and Gaols Department.

Timeline

 1824 - 1936 Sherriff and Gaols Department
       1901 - 1924 Sherriff and Gaols Department
             1936 - 1944 HM Gaols Department
                   1944 - 1959 Gaols Department
                         1959 - 1983 Prisons Department
                               1983 - c. 1992 Law Department
                                     c. 1992 - 1998 Department of Justice
                                           1998 - c. 2004 Department of Justice and Industrial Relations
                                                 c. 2004 - Department of Justice

Provided 'Care' At

Publications

Books

  • Wettenhall, RL, A Guide to Tasmanian Government Administration, Platypus Publications, Hobart, 1968, 206 pp. Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Wettenhall, RL, A Guide to Tasmanian Government Administration, Platypus Publications, Hobart, 1968, 206 pp.

Prepared by: Caroline Evans