State Records Office of WA SROWA

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

Series S1818 - LETTERBOOKS - COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF PRISONS

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AU WA S1818

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LETTERBOOKS - COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF PRISONS

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  • 1850-01-25 - 1916-07-07 (Creation)
  • 1850-01-25 - 1916-07-07 (Accumulation)

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AU WA A214 - GAOLS DEPARTMENT (1890-01-01 - 1947-01-01)

Administrative history

A Gaols Department appears to be a sub-department of the Colonial Secretary's Office by 1890. In 1947 the Gaols Department was renamed the Prisons Department.

Name of creator

AU WA A442 - CONVICT ESTABLISHMENT (1850-01-01 - 1887-04-30)

Administrative history

In 1850 a Board of Directors of convict prisons was set up in England. Fremantle Prison was built as a convict establishment by the British government in the 1850s as a result of the decision taken in 1849 to transport British felons to Western Australia. The last convict arrived in Western Australia in 1868 and Fremantle Prison was transferred to the colonial government in 1886. The transfer of the Imperial Convict Establishment and the Imperial Invalid Depot was completed on 30 April 1887.

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This series consists of letterbooks of the Comptroller General, containing copies of outwards letters written by the Comptroller General to various officials including the Governor, Colonial Secretary, Resident Magistrates, Superintendent of Fremantle Prison, etc. In most cases, a copy of the complete letter has been written into the letterbook although in some cases, the letterbooks contain only an extract of outwards letters. This series also includes one memoranda book for the Comptroller General's office (1882-1886) and for the Inspector of Prisons' office (1886-1892).

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Open access

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Range Control Symbol = C10 - F24

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