Series S493 - REGISTRATIONS - BIRTH

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AU WA S493

Title

REGISTRATIONS - BIRTH

Date(s)

  • 1841 - (Creation)
  • 1841 - 1899 (Accumulation)

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Name of creator

AU WA A245 - REGISTRAR GENERAL'S OFFICE (1957-07-01 - 1999-04-14)

Administrative history

Formerly the Registrar General's and Government Statistician's Office within the Chief Secretary's Department. The two functions were split on 1 July 1957 and the Registrar General's Office was created to operate within the Chief Secretary's Department (until 1983). Civil registration of births, deaths and marriages has been compulsory in Western Australia since 1841.

Name of creator

AU WA A278 - REGISTRY DEPARTMENT (1881-01-01 - 1896-01-01)

Administrative history

The Registry Department was responsible for the registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages within the Swan River Colony.

The Department was also responsible for the collection and reporting of statistical information. (A Government Statistician was first appointed in February 1896 in the succeeding Registrar General's Department).

Name of creator

AU WA A279 - REGISTRAR GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT (1896-01-01 - 1901-01-01)

Administrative history

The 1894 Act repealed the 1841 Act to register births, deaths and marriages and allowed for the establishment of District Registrars each with a defined district. From 1906 births, deaths and marriages are recorded by district and number. With the establishment of the Commonwealth combined with the Government Statisticians Office until 1957.

Name of creator

AU WA A280 - REGISTRAR GENERAL'S AND GOVERNMENT STATISTICIAN'S DEPARTMENT (1901-01-01 - 1957-06-30)

Administrative history

Previously the Registrar General's Department, it combined with the Government Statisticians Office upon federation in 1901. The Department remained as such, and responsible to the Colonial Secretary's Office and its successor, the Chief Secretary's Department until 1957 when the two functions were split. The Registrar General's office was created to operate as a Division of the Chief Secretary's Department and its successors.

Name of creator

AU WA A273 - REGISTRY OFFICE (1841-01-01 - 1881-01-01)

Administrative history

The Registry Office was established in 1841 with a Registrar General as its chief officer, to administer the requirements of the Act to register births, deaths and marriages in Western Australia.

Archival history

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Registrations showing name and sex of child, date and place of birth, profession, age and birthplace of parents. Registrations are in one sequence from 1841 to 1886 and in annual sequences thereafter.

Birth registrations for the period 1841 - 1932 can be searched via the website of the Department of the Attorney General (see Briding Aids below). The State Records Office also holds a microfiche copy of the Registrar General's Index to Births for the period 1841- 1905. This index is accessible to members of the public at the State Records Office Search Room.

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Alphanumeric

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Conditions governing access

Conditions governing access (legacy)

Restricted access: access provided through Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

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Finding aids

Birth registrations for 1841 - 1932 can be searched via the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Online Index.

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1841-00-00 - ?

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1841-01-01 - 1983-12-31

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1841-01-01 - ?

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1841-00-00 - ?

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Archivist's note

Range Control Symbol = A-P; 1-32; 6 -

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