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Australia, South Australia, Prison Records, 1838-1912
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South Australia, Australia
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Location of South Australia, Australia
Record Description
Record Type Correctional institution
Collection years 1838-1912
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State Records of South Australia

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This record contains records of prisoners which may contain aliases, discharge dates, ages, places of origin, residences, and physical descriptions. They are taken from Adelaide Gaol, Gladstone Gaol, Port Lincoln Gaol, and Yatala Labour Prison.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in this record:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Religion
  • Occupation
  • Place of Origin
  • Able to Read or Write

  • Physical Description
  • Offense
  • Name of Court
  • Date and Length of Sentence
  • Date of Admission
  • Discharge Date

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of person
  • Age of person
  • Date of incarceration

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age and date of admission to get estimated birth year for civil and church records
  • Use their occupation to see if they are in any trade or occupation records
  • Use their residences to check immigration records
  • Use their religion to check church records
  • Check court records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • The name given may be an alias
  • Try variations of given names and surnames. Nicknames or initial are sometimes used in records and spelling was not standardized until the late 19th and 20th centuries. Sometimes names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches and try expanding the date range.
  • Look in other sections of Australia to find records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in South Australia. Add these articles in the order as shown below. If an article does not exist, omit it from the list. If none of the articles exist, omit this section.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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