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Agency ID389
TitleHealth and Home Affairs Department, State Children Department
Agency TypeDepartment
Start Date 5/12/1935
End Date 26/9/1963
Date NotesN/A

Responsible for state children's welfare

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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
126Health and Home Affairs Department 5/12/1935 26/9/1963
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Controlled Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
1446Meteor Park Orphanage / St Joseph's Home, Neerkol 1/12/1911 1/8/1963
1740Birralee 1/12/1911 26/9/1963
11374Farm Home for Boys, Westbrook 5/12/1935 25/9/1963
2493Carramar 5/12/1935 26/9/1963
2191Diamantina Receiving Depot and Infants' Home 5/12/1935 26/9/1963
2478St Vincent's Home, Nudgee 5/12/1935 26/9/1963
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette, 1935, Vol. CXLV, No. 146, pp. 1683 - 1684.
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, 1936, Vol 1, pg 1005, Annual Report of the Director of the State Children Department (presented to the Under Secretary for Health and Home Affairs)
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, 1935, Vol 1, pg 957, Annual Report of the Director of the State Children Department (presented to the Under Secretary, Home Secretary's Department)
Queensland Government Gazette, 1963, Vol. CCXIV, No 13, p. 277
Annual Report of the State Children Department Queensland Parliamentary Papers, 1935 - 1963/1964
Queensland Year Book 1937, p. 28.
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered State Children Act 1911
Infant Life Protection Act 1905
Adoption of Children Act 1935
Children's Courts Act 1907
Guardianship and Custody of Infants Acts 1891
Children's Protection Act 1896
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The State Children's Department was established to provide care, management and control of orphaned, abandoned and convicted children and their property.

The State was divided into 3 Districts: the Southern District (Southern Queensland from Bundaberg to the NSW Border) with a head office in Brisbane; Central District (Mackay to Miriam Vale on the Coast and West along the Central Line) with a district office at Rockhampton; Northern District (North Queensland from the north and West of Townsville) with a district office at Townsville. Each office had inspectors and administrative staff. Whilst the administration of the Court Acts, 1907 - 1930 was a function of the Justice Department, the Metropolitan Children's Court was held at the Wilson Youth Hospital, Windsor and an Officer of the State Children Department was the Clerk of Court and kept the records of the Court. In providing Child Welfare, the State Children Department had a close working relationship with the Health and Home Affairs Department, Welfare and Guidance Service.

Responsiblity for state children passed to the Labour and Industry Deparrtment in 1963.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID389, Health and Home Affairs Department, State Children Department
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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