This guide covers sources for institutional care of children in South Australia, including hospitals, orphanages and reformatories. Information about history of education, Aboriginal missions and the 'stolen generation' can be found on other Library Guides.
Note: State Records is the official repository for State Government records.
Barbalet, Margaret. The Adelaide Children's Hospital: 1876-1976: a history, 1975.
Barbalet, Margaret. Far from a low gutter girl: the forgotten world of State wards, South Australia, 1887-1940, 1983.
Bleby, Elizabeth. Kennion House, a hundred years of children, 1986. Church of England Boys' Home, Walkerville.
Boarding-out Society Adelaide, S. Aust. Report of the Society for the supervision of children placed out from the Magill Institution by the Destitute Board, 1873-1886.
Central Methodist Mission Adelaide, S. Aust. Child Care Services Section. Child care at the Central Mission, 1977.
The Cyclopedia of South Australia in two volumes..., 1907-1909. vol.1, pp.324-325. 'The Children of the State.'
Dickey, Brian. Rations, residence, resources: a history of social welfare in South Australia since 1836, 1986.
Hardy, Mabel. The first hundred years of the Orphan Home, Adelaide, Inc, 1960.
Legacy Club of Adelaide. Legacy: an outline of the facilities offered to the widows and children under the care of Legacy, 1958.
McNally Training Centre..., [1967?.]
O'Reily, John. The Catholic charities of South Australia: what they aim at doing and how they try to realise their aims, 1911. Includes brief history and photographs of Goodwood Orphanage, Largs Bay Orphanage, and the Boys' Reformatory.
O'Reily, John. The Fullarton Refuge and the Girls' Reformatory at Kapunda..., 1909.
O'Reily, John. Some Catholic charities and the Secretary of the State Children's Department..., 1910.
Picton, Cliff and Boss, Peter. Child welfare in Australia: an introduction, 1981. (pp. 33-34 'Community Welfare Act, 1972.')
Scottney-Turbill, Peter. Morialta: fire in the mist, 1994.
South Australia. Dept. of Intelligence. Special intelligence bulletin, 1910. Information pamphlet for intending immigrants to South Australia. pp. 28-30 Education; pp. 31-34 State Children's Council.
South Australia. Public Buildings Dept. Specification for erection of new dormitory block at Vaughan House, 1961.
Spence, Catherine Helen State children in Australia, 1907.
State Children's Council administration / compiled by Jas. Gray, 1911.
Tregenza, Annie. Recollections Reynella, A.E. Weinert, 1991.
AIATSIS. South Australian legislation brings together child welfare/adoption laws in South Australia, including those applied specifically to Aboriginal children.
Find and connect and Finding your own way both provide guidance for people looking for information about children's homes in South Australia.