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Tasmania - Organisation

Sherriff and Gaols Department (1901 - 1924)

State of Tasmania

From
1901
To
1924
Categories
Government Department

The Sheriff and Gaols Department, originally established in 1824 and managed by the colonial government, enforced Supreme Court judgements and administered the jury system. In this role, it oversaw local gaols, many of which housed children. In 1924, it became the Supreme Court and Sheriff's Office.

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

Publications

Books

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

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 'Feature article - 100 years of prison service: Tasmania's history has a compelling link with prisons', in Tasmanian Year Book, 2004, http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/7d12b0f6763c78caca257061001cc588/1cdf5dce2a41d1e3ca256c320024172a!OpenDocument; Wettenhall, RL, A Guide to Tasmanian Government Administration, Platypus Publications, Hobart, 1968, 206 pp.

Prepared by: Caroline Evans