Series VPRS 18207
Register of Male Wards admitted to Turana / Baltara Reception Centre (Children's Court Advisory Service)
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Date Range: Series 1964 - 1989
  Series in Custody 1964 - 1989
  Contents 1964 - 1989
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1964 - 1971 Social Welfare Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 2784
1971 - 1979 Social Welfare Department VA 946
1979 - 1985 Department of Community Welfare Services VA 613
1985 - 1989 Department of Community Services (also known as Community Services Victoria) VA 2633
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2015 - cont Department of Health and Human Services VA 5037
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  • How to use the Records
    Consult the list of records in this series to locate the record of interest.

  • Function / Content
    This series comprises a register of male wards, 10 to 14 years of age, admitted to the Turana Reception Centre (1964 to October 1968) and the Baltara Reception Centre (October 1968 - 1989).

    The volume was compiled by the Children's Court Advisory Service which was part of the Social Welfare Branch of the Chief Secretary's Department (and its successor agencies), to provide advice to Courts and assist them in determining the most appropriate dispositions regarding young people brought before them.

    This service operated primarily to assist the various Melbourne Children's Courts and provide reports in relation to the following case matters:

    - Irreconcilable Differences applications
    - pre-sentence reports
    - parole plans
    - verbal reports
    - a liaison function in respect of children from country Regions remanded to Turana.

    The register entries change partway through the first volume in October 1968, when a new upgraded Family Welfare Division Reception Centre which opened on the same site at Turana, and was renamed the Baltara Reception Centre.

    Each of the three books record the same basic information:

    - Sequential Number for each calendar year (thus allowing for an easy annual count of admissions)
    - Date of Birth
    - Full Name
    - Date of Arrival
    - Date of Departure
    - Court & Date
    - Result (Court Decision)
    - Bail Result
    - Reason for Reception
    - Placement (whether home release, not returned, or to another facility).

  • Recordkeeping System
    The entries are arranged chronologically by date of admission.

    Please note records may feature labels from a numbering system imposed by the controlling Department generated from TRIM electronic document and records management system. This system does not reflect the original recordkeeping system of the series.

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P0001 1964 - 1989 Closed 1
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