State Records Office of WA SROWA

Government of Western Australia, Department for Culture and the Arts.

Series S844 - COMMITMENT BOOKS

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AU WA S844

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COMMITMENT BOOKS

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  • 1886-03-19 - 1932-01-01 (Creation)

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AU WA A219 - ROTTNEST GAOL (1838-08-01 - 1932-01-01)

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Rottnest Island held prisoners from 1838 until 1932, Aboriginal prisoners being replaced on the whole by Caucasian at the beginning of the twentieth century. In 1848 the majority of prisoners were transferred to the mainland but in 1855 the Rottnest Establishment was reopened. Rottnest closed as a native prison in 1903. It was proclaimed a gaol on 8 January 1904. Inmates were transferred from Fremantle or some other gaol and Rottnest, like Hamel depot, was considered to be an integral part of Fremantle Prison. It was an outstation of Fremantle until it closed in 1932.

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Commitment Book for Aboriginal native prisoners and reformatory boys (at back of book). For Aboriginal prisoners it shows registration number, name, date of commitment, date of arrival, crime, sentence, tribe, magistrate, when due for discharge, when discharged. For reformatory boys it shows number, name, date of commitment, offence, sentence, remarks. It also includes a "register of natives incarcerated on Rottnest Prison on January 1st 1899" and a "register of native prisoners transferred from Rottnest for purpose of completing the terms of their sentences elsewhere".

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Range Control Symbol = OCC 25
Copies: MICROFILM

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