Search the Tasmanian Index of Children and Families in files of SWD1 (Neglected Children's Department)
1888 - 1936
You can search the index for children and/ or their families who are mentioned in the SWD1 Neglected Children Department files 1888 - 1936.
Enter the family name.
Life member Joyce Purtscher has recently published yet another index, the
result of many months of painstaking transcriptions. This time she has
indexed the Tasmanian Archives SWD1 files of the Neglected Children’s
Department and provided a link to the actual online content of each file.
For many this will provide a unique opportunity to extend our knowledge, not
only of our family trees, but also our knowledge of Tasmania’s social
history during the years 1888–1936.
Most communication in this era was
by letter writing and the noting of odd telephone conversations. The files
contain pitiful letters written by parents, children and carers pleading for
help. There are descriptive police reports on their findings of living
standards in the bush and towns, and treatments of children fostered out and
adopted. There are graphic reports by those in charge of institutions
telling us of punishments and character descriptions, in a frankness not
tolerated by today’s public servants. For some, the content may prove
confronting but nevertheless an invaluable new research aid.
index may be searched here or a full copy may be viewed at, or purchased for
just $20, from the Library of the
Branch of the Family History Society of Tasmania