Tasmania's Heritage

Agency Details

Agency Number: TA31
Title: GAOL (BRANCH)
Start Date: 01 Jan 1823
End Date: 31 Dec 1936
Description:

The management and control of gaols and the safe custody, punishment, training of prisoners confined therein.NOTES: Terminology - It has not always been possible to determine which records relate to: 1. The Gaol proper - for unconvicted prisoners. 2. The House of Correction/Penitentiary - for convicted prisoners serving sentence. 3. Both the above. Where a series has related only to the Gaol proper this has been indicated but generally it has been assumed that other series related to both. In general the term 'gaol' has been used for the whole institution unless otherwise indicated. Because of the Acts governing penal institutions it is not always clear whether there always was a clearly defined distinction between the two functions. Records kept: A list specifying the types of records to be maintained at the Gaol in 1845 can be found in CSO 22/144 p. 109-111.

Information Sources:

Legislation Administered:

Prison act 1868 (32 Vic. No.11) and amendements esp. The Prison Act 1908, The Prison Act 1924.

Legislation Creating:

Charter of the Supreme Court 30 Oct 1823 (proclaimed 31 Mar 1824)

Legislation Abolishing Agency:

Functions Performed:
17 LAW ENFORCEMENT [1]
Controlling Agencies:
TA36 SHERIFF'S OFFICE 01 Jan 1824 31 Dec 1924
Previous Agencies:
TA60 CONVICT DEPARTMENT 01 Jan 1818 31 Dec 1877
Subsequent Agencies:
TA32 GAOL DEPARTMENT 01 Jan 1936 31 Dec 1959
Series Created By Agency:
AA960  PROPOSED SCALES OF TASK WORK FOR PRISONERS SENTENCED THREE MONTHS TO THREE YEARS. 01 Jan 1823 31 Dec 1936
GD21  DAILY JOURNAL OF THE DEPUTY GAOLER. 01 Jan 1834 31 Dec 1955
GD44  ALPHABETICAL REGISTER OF DEBTORS IN THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1834 31 Dec 1843
GD55  RECORD OF PRISONERS RELEASED ON PROBATION UNDER THE INDETERMINATE SENTENCES ACT, 1921. 01 Jan 1835 31 Dec 1946
GD31  REGISTER OF ADMISSIONS AND DISCHARGES ("GAOL" ONLY). 01 Jan 1836 31 Dec 1888
GD35  ALPHABETICAL REGISTER OF PRISONERS ADMITTED. 01 Jan 1836 31 Dec 1938
AD836  GAOL DELIVERY WARRANT 23 Oct 1850 23 Oct 1850
GD12  REGISTER OF SALARIES PAID. 01 Jun 1854 31 Dec 1923
GD7  STANDING ORDERS AND PERMANENT INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT. 01 Jan 1856 31 Dec 1964
GD27  WARDENS DAILY REPORTS. 01 Jan 1856 31 Dec 1960
AA955  DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE TRANSFER OF PRISONERS TO OTHER INSTITUTIONS. 01 Jan 1857 31 Dec 1892
GD80  RECORD OF THE EMPLOYMENT OF PRISONERS AS DOMESTIC STAFF WITHIN THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1858 31 Dec 1859
GD37  REGISTER OF THE ADMISSION OF MALES COMMITTED FOR TRIAL. 01 Jan 1859 31 Dec 1894
GD106  MINUTES OF HEARINGS OF CHARGES AGAINST PRISONERS, HEARD BY THE SUPERINTENDENT. 01 Jan 1859 31 Dec 1939
GD109  INDEX TO MINUTES OF HEARINGS OF CHARGES AGAINST PRISONERS, HEARD BY THE SUPERINTENDENT. 01 Jan 1859 31 Dec 1889
GD67  PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION OF PRISONERS RECEIVED. 01 Jan 1860 31 Dec 1936
GD68  INDEX TO PRISONERS DESCRIPTION RECORDS. 01 Jan 1860 31 Dec 1952
GD111  MEMORANDA RECEIVED BY THE SHERIFF (FORWARDED TO THE GAOL) FROM THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, RELATING TO APPLICATIONS FOR REMISSION OF SENTENCE. 01 Jan 1860 31 Dec 1890
GD40  REGISTER OF FEMALES ADMITTED WITH REPORTS ON THEIR CONDUCT. 01 Jan 1862 31 Dec 1868
GD81  WEEKLY RECORD OF THE CONDUCT OF PRISONERS EMPLOYED IN THE "DOMAIN GANG". 01 Jan 1862 31 Dec 1863
GD108  MINUTES OF HEARINGS BY JUSTICES OF THE PEACE OF CHARGES AGAINST PRISONERS FOR OFFENCES COMMITTED IN THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1862 31 Dec 1959
GD76  RECORD OF THE GENERAL EMPLOYMENT OF INDIVIDUAL PRISONERS. 01 Jan 1863 31 Dec 1888
GD8  CIRCULATED COPIES OF MEMORANDA AND INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT. 01 Jan 1864 31 Dec 1916
AA959  MONTHLY SCALE OF MONEY AND TASK WORK CREDIT. 01 Jan 1868 31 Dec 1868
GD119  REGISTER OF THE ADMISSION AND DISCHARGES OF JUVENILE OFFENDERS TO THE "REFORMATORY FOR MALES". 01 Jan 1869 31 Dec 1869
GD120  STATISTICAL RECORD OF JUVENILE OFFENDERS IN THE "REFORMATORY FOR MALES". 01 Jan 1869 31 Dec 1877
GD70  REGISTER OF PRISONERS TRIED AND DISPOSED OF AT THE SUPREME COURT. 01 Jan 1870 31 Dec 1976
GD83  WEEKLY RECORD OF THE CONDUCT OF PRISONERS EMPLOYED IN THE "STONESHED AND QUARRY". 01 Jan 1870 31 Dec 1874
GD101  NOMINAL RECORD OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN RECEIVING RATIONS. 01 Jan 1870 31 Dec 1873
GD130  RETURN OF PRISONERS IN THE GAOL, LAUNCESTON, AWAITING TRIAL WITH THE RESULTS OF THE TRIAL IN VARIOUS COURTS. 01 Jan 1871 31 Dec 1880
AA961  RECEIPTS AND ISSUES FROM THE PROVISIONS STORE. 01 Jan 1872 31 Dec 1872
GD36  DAYBOOK OF ADMISSIONS AND DISCHARGES WITH STATISTICAL RETURNS OF THE DAILY STATE OF THE PRISON. 01 Jan 1872 31 Dec 1969
GD59  DAILY STATISTICAL RETURNS OF INMATES AND RATIONS ISSUED TO FEMALES AND CHILDREN. 01 Jan 1872 31 Dec 1888
GD71  REGISTER OF SUBPOENAS FOR WITNESS REQUESTED BY PRISONERS AWAITING TRIAL. 01 Jan 1874 31 Dec 1952
GD78  RECORD OF WORK DONE BY INDIVIDUAL PRISONERS AS SHOEMAKERS. 01 Jan 1874 31 Dec 1877
GD104  RECORD OF CHARGES AGAINST CONSTABLES IN THE GAOL, HEARD BY THE SUPERINTENDENT. 01 Jan 1874 31 Dec 1880
GD112  INDEX TO MEMORANDA RECEIVED BY THE SHERIFF (FORWARDED TO THE GAOL) FROM THE ATTORNEY- GENERAL, RELATING TO APPLICATIONS FOR REMISSION OF SENTENCE. 01 Jan 1874 31 Dec 1890
GD3  COPIES OF (MAINLY INWARD) CORRESPONDENCE. 01 Jan 1875 31 Dec 1914
GD4  INDEX TO COPIES OF (MAINLY INWARD) CORRESPONDENCE. 01 Jan 1875 31 Dec 1914
GD19  INVENTORIES OF STOCK AND STORES. 01 Jan 1875 31 Dec 1914
GD52  WARRANTS ISSUED FOR THE COMMITTAL OF FEMALES TO THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1875 31 Dec 1918
GD39  RETURNS OF LIVESTOCK AT THE CASCADES ESTABLISHMENT. 01 Jan 1875 31 Dec 1879
GD41  DAYBOOK OF FEMALES ADMITTED AND DISCHARGED. 01 Jan 1876 31 Dec 1882
GD87  RECORD OF BREAD PRODUCED AND SUPPLIED. 01 Jan 1876 31 Dec 1944
GD133  APPLICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT AS A CONSTABLE AT THE GAOL. 01 Feb 1876 30 Apr 1886
GD22  DAILY JOURNAL OF THE MATRON. 01 Jan 1877 31 Dec 1878
GD74  RETURNS OF MALE PRISONERS SENTENCED TO HARD LABOUR WHO HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED TO SERVE IT OUTSIDE THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1877 31 Dec 1889
AA957  RECORD OF OAKUM PICKED. 01 Jan 1877 30 Apr 1877
GD33  REGISTER OF ADMISSIONS - FEMALES. 17 Jul 1878 03 Jan 1900
GD53  WARRANTS ISSUED FOR THE COMMITTAL OF MALES TO THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1880 31 Dec 1887
GD56  NOMINAL ROLL OF OCCUPANTS OF THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1880 31 Dec 1947
AA956  RETURNS OF STOCK IN STORE. 01 Jan 1881 31 Dec 1887
GD28  WARDENS DAILY REPORTS - FEMALE DIVISION. 01 Jan 1882 31 Dec 1896
GD105  MINUTES OF HEARINGS OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST GAOL OFFICERS. 01 Jan 1882 31 Dec 1883
GD113  GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL AUTHORITIES FOR THE REMISSION OF SENTENCES. 01 Jan 1882 31 Dec 1890
GD114  INDEX TO GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL AUTHORITIES REMISSION OF SENTENCE. 01 Jan 1882 31 Dec 1890
GD13  CASHBOOK OF INCOME RECEIVED FROM LABOUR AND SALE OF GOODS. 01 Jan 1883 31 Dec 1954
GD26  MONTHLY REPORTS BY GAOL OFFICERS. 01 Jan 1883 31 Dec 1887
GD14  MONTHLY STATEMENTS OF INCOME. 01 Jan 1884 31 Dec 1916
GD57  MONTHLY MUSTER OF FEMALES IN THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1884 31 Dec 1888
GD72  COPIES OF RETURNS OF FINES RECEIVED FROM PRISONERS INITIALLY COMMITTED TO GAOL IN DEFAULT OF PAYMENT. 01 Jan 1884 31 Dec 1972
GD107  FORMAL STATEMENTS OF THE RESULTS OF HEARINGS BY JUSTICES OF THE PEACE OF CHARGES AGAINST PRISONERS FOR OFFENCES COMMITTED WITH THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1884 31 Dec 1890
GD131  STATISTICAL RETURNS OF INMATES, AND RATIONS ISSUED AT THE "CASCADES ESTABLISHMENT". 01 Jan 1884 31 Dec 1890
GD1  COPIES OF OUTWARD CORRESPONDENCE. 01 Jan 1886 31 Dec 1910
GD2  INDEX TO COPIES OF OUTWARD CORRESPONDENCE. 01 Jan 1886 31 Dec 1910
GD79  RECORD OF WORK DONE BY INDIVIDUAL PRISONERS AS TAILORS. 01 Jan 1886 31 Dec 1887
GD75  STATISTICAL RETURNS OF THE EMPLOYMENT OF PRISONERS CLASSIFIED BY TRADE. 01 Jan 1887 31 Dec 1941
GD129  MONTHLY SUMMARIES OF STORES PURCHASED FOR USE AT THE CASCADES ESTABLISHMENT. 01 Jan 1887 31 Dec 1890
GD73  ALPHABETICAL REGISTER OF PRISONERS VISITED. 01 Jan 1888 31 Dec 1941
GD96  RECORD OF THE MEDICAL TREATMENT OF ILL PRISONERS. 01 Jan 1888 31 Dec 1938
GD51  ALPHABETICAL LIST OF PRISONERS SENTENCED, REWARDED AND SENT TO THE "TRAINING SCHOOL". 01 Jan 1889 31 Dec 1901
GD94  RECORD OF PROPERTY BROUGHT INTO THE GAOL BY FEMALE PRISONERS. 01 Jan 1889 31 May 1911
GD97  DAILY RETURNS OF EXTRA RATIONS ORDERED FOR MEDICAL REASONS. 01 Jan 1889 31 Dec 1920
GD9  RECORD OF SERVICE OF GAOL OFFICERS. 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1960
GD10  INDEX TO RECORD OF SERVICE OF GAOL OFFICERS. 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1960
GD17  REGISTER OF RATIONS, FUEL AND LIGHTS RECEIVED AND ISSUED. 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1900
GD46  RECORD OF BIRTHS IN THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1894
GD47  RECORD OF DEATHS IN THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1894
GD48  RECORD OF ABSCONDERS FROM THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1898
GD50  RECORD OF PRISONERS WHO HAVE BEEN WHIPPED. 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1893
GD63  PRISONERS RECORD BOOKS. 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1962
GD65  INDEX TO PRISONERS RECORD BOOKS. 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1962
GD77  RECORD OF WORK DONE BY INDIVIDUAL PRISONERS. 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1908
GD32  REGISTER OF ADMISSIONS - MALES. 01 Jan 1891 31 Dec 1900
GD45  RECORD OF DEBTORS IN THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1891 31 Dec 1895
GD61  PRISONERS INDIVIDUAL FILES. 01 Jan 1891 31 Dec 1960
GD90  RECORD OF MONEY RECEIVED BY PRISONERS FOR WORK DONE. 01 Jan 1891 31 Dec 1903
AA958  CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN (SUPERINTENDENT OF) GAOL AND SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. 01 Jan 1892 31 Dec 1900
GD29  GATE KEEPERS DAILY JOURNAL. 01 Jan 1892 31 Dec 1972
GD38  REGISTER OF CONVICTED PERSONS IMPRISONED AND DISCHARGED NOTING THEIR RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS. 01 Jan 1892 31 Dec 1943
GD43  REGISTER OF PEOPLE RECEIVED INTO THE GAOL, CLASSIFIED ACCORDING TO THEIR SENTENCE. 01 Jan 1892 31 Dec 1896
GD88  RECORD OF FOOTWEAR PRODUCED IN THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1892 31 Dec 1897
GD16  COPIES OF RETURNS OF ADMISSIONS, DISCHARGES, FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS FORWARDED TO THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL. 01 Jan 1893 31 Dec 1913
GD60  DAILY STATISTICAL RETURNS OF PEOPLE IN THE GAOL AND RATIONS ISSUED. 01 Jan 1893 31 Dec 1900
GD102  DAILY RECORD OF RATIONS ISSUED. 01 Jan 1893 31 Dec 1898
GD116  REGISTER OF PRISONERS APPLYING TO WRITE LETTERS AND MEMORIALS, AND REQUESTING OTHER PRIVILEGES. 01 Jan 1894 31 Dec 1968
GD69  ALPHABETICAL REGISTER OF PRISONERS WEIGHTS, RECORDED SIX MONTHLY. 01 Jan 1895 31 Dec 1950
GD128  PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD AND DESCRIPTION OF PRISONERS. 01 Jul 1895 30 Nov 1902
GD95  RECORD OF PROPERTY BROUGHT INTO THE GAOL BY MALE PRISONERS. 01 Jan 1896 31 Dec 1954
GD15  CASHBOOKS OF EXPENDITURE. 01 Jan 1898 31 Dec 1952
GD54  RECORD OF PRISONERS DISCHARGED FROM THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1899 31 Dec 1909
GD18  REGISTER OF STORES RECEIVED AND ISSUED. 01 Jan 1900 31 Dec 1959
GD20  STOCK LEDGER. 01 Jan 1900 31 Dec 1914
GD58  MONTHLY MUSTER OF PRISONERS CLASSIFIED BY THEIR LOCATION IN THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1901 31 Dec 1952
GD86  RECORD OF THE EMPLOYMENT OF PRISONERS CLASSIFIED ACCORDING TO TRADE AND PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT. 01 Jan 1901 31 Dec 1922
GD103  STATISTICAL RETURN OF RATIONS ISSUED. 01 Jan 1902 31 Dec 1932
GD110  REGISTER OF APPLICATIONS FOR REMISSIONS OF SENTENCE, COMPLAINTS AND REQUESTS FOR SPECIAL FAVOURS, FORWARDED TO THE SHERIFF. 01 Jan 1902 31 Dec 1924
GD49  RECORD OF PRISONERS TRANSFERRED TO THE INSANE ASYLUM. 01 Jan 1904 31 Dec 1910
GD34  REGISTER OF THE ADMISSION AND DISCHARGE OF PRISONERS WITH DETAILS OF THE NUMBER OF CONVICTIONS. 01 Jan 1908 31 Dec 1954
GD24  CHIEF WARDENS DAILY REPORTS. 01 Jan 1909 31 Dec 1945
GD25  WARDENS NIGHT REPORTS. 01 Jan 1909 31 Dec 1959
GD117  RECORD OF REPORTS RECEIVED FROM PRISONERS ON PAROLE. 01 Jan 1909 31 Dec 1936
GD42  REGISTER OF PRISONERS RECEIVED INTO AND DISCHARGED FROM GAOLS OTHER THAN AT HOBART. 01 Jan 1910 31 Dec 1937
GD64  PRISONERS RECORD CARDS. 01 Jan 1910 31 Dec 1962
GD11  ALPHABETICAL LIST OF PLACES OF IMPRISONMENT IN TASMANIA GIVING THE NAME AND DATE OF APPOINTMENT OF THE GAOLER. 01 Jan 1915 31 Dec 1935
GD5  CORRESPONDENCE (TRANSMISSION) REGISTER. 01 Jan 1916 31 Dec 1922
GD66  INDEX TO PRISONERS "RESERVE RECORD BOOKS". 01 Jan 1920 31 Dec 1947
GD91  ALPHABETICAL REGISTER OF PRISONERS EARNINGS. 01 Jan 1920 31 Dec 1920
GD89  RECORD OF THE SALE OF VARIOUS GOODS PRODUCED BY PRISONERS. 01 Jan 1921 31 Dec 1963
GD6  INDEX TO CORRESPONDENCE. 01 Jan 1922 31 Dec 1929
GD30  PRESS CUTTINGS RELATING TO THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1924 31 Dec 1925
GD84  DAILY RECORD OF WORK DONE AND CONDUCT OF PRISONERS EMPLOYED IN THE "GOVERNMENT HOUSE GANG". 01 Jan 1924 31 Dec 1932
GD122  RECORD ON THE FORTNIGHTLY ASSIGNMENT OF PRISON OFFICERS TO VARIOUS DUTIES. 01 Jan 1925 31 Dec 1929
AA962  REPORT INTO THE ESCAPE AND CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE ESCAPE OF PRISONERS DOBSON, DOWN, BRYAN AND PRICE FROM THE HOBART GAOL. 01 Jan 1926 31 Dec 1926
GD132  RECORD OF PRISONERS ESCORTED TO THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1930 31 Dec 1936
GD92  RECORD OF MONEY ADVANCED TO PRISONERS AGAINST THEIR EARNINGS. 01 Jan 1933 31 Dec 1965
GD121  RECORD OF PRISONERS COMMENCING ON THE "MARKS SYSTEM". 01 Jan 1933 31 Dec 1948
GD118  RECORD OF MARKS EARNED UNDER THE "MARKS SYSTEM". 01 Jan 1933 31 Dec 1961