During the latter half of the nineteenth century the South Australian government established a number of social welfare agencies. These cared for:
Lunatics* – Adelaide, then Parkside, then Glenside Lunatic Asylums
The aged – Magill Old Folk’s Home
Those left destitute – The Destitute Asylum
Children requiring custodial control – The Industrial School, The Girls Reformatory and the Boys Reformatory
Orphans – through the Boarding-Out System
*the word "Lunatic" reflects the term in use at the time of the record creation.
Care of Aged Persons in South Australia
The Magill Old Folks’ Home opened in 1917 and was the government’s institution for aged residential care. Upon opening, elderly residents of the Destitute Asylum were moved to the Magill Old Folks’ Home. The Magill Old Folks’ Home continued in operation at Magill until 1986 and was replaced in 1989 by a new facility at Elizabeth South.
Most records relating to this subject were created by Magill Old Folks’ Home (GA 688) and the Social Welfare Department (GRG 29).
Magill Old Folks’ Home – series held
|Series ID||Series title and date range||Access||Indexes Available|
|GRG 29/5||Index to applications for admission - Magill Home, 1923 - 1951||Open after 100 years||Not applicable|
|GRG 29/53||Correspondence with applicants for admission to the Magill Home 1952 - 1953||Open after 100 years||None available|
|GRG 29/54||Register of Admissions to the Magill Home, 1924 - 1950||Open after 100 years||None available|
|GRG 29/55||Rough journals of arrivals, departures, etc at the Magill Home, 1951 - 1955||Open after 100 years||None available|
|GRG 29/56||Daily and weekly advice slips from the Superintendent, Magill Home showing arrivals, departures, etc, 1953 - 1956||Open after 100 years||None available|
|GRG 29/57||Weekly returns of admissions, departures, etc. at the Magill Home presented to the Children's Welfare and Public Relief Board, 1952 - 1954||Open after 100 years||None available|
|GRG 29/58||Return of patients in the Infirmary, Magill Home, 1951 - 1954||Open after 100 years||None available|
|GRG 29/62||Register of bodies sent from the Magill Home and forwarded to the Anatomical School Adelaide University, 1938 - 1951||Open after 100 years||See Jill Statton, Deaths in Public Institutions: South Australian Record Series No. 4', available on Research Centre shelves|
|GRS 4554||Register of inmates - Magill Old Folks' Home, 1930 - 1963||Open||None available|
|GRS 10421||Receipts and issues of clothes etc. - Women's Division, Magill Old Folks' Home, 1917 - 1970||Open||None available|
|GRS 10423||Home and infirmary movements book - Magill Old Folks' Home, 1965 - 1976||Open||None available|
|GRS 10424||Register of patient property (alphabetcial by patient) - Magill Old Folks' Home, c. 1965 - 1982||Open||None available|
Many of the records in the series’ listed above are not open for public viewing and permission to view these records must be obtained. Please contact a Reference Officer for advice about seeking permission to view records not open to public access.
The above is a limited selection of the most useful series only. Descriptions and access conditions for these and other series held, as well as agency descriptions and agency inventories, are available via our online catalogue, ArchivesSearch.
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This Fact Sheet can also be downloaded in PDF format - Magill Old Folks' Home