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Agency Details

Agency Number: TA32
Title: GAOL DEPARTMENT
Start Date: 01 Jan 1936
End Date: 31 Dec 1959
Description:

The management and control of prisons and the safe custody, punishment and training of prisoners confined therein. The Department was also responsible for managing prisoners on parole or probation until 1946. Royal Commission into Hobart Gaol had made recommendations on wider issues which resulted in the Probation and Parole Service being transferred to the Attorney-General's Department in 1946. NOTE ON TERMINOLOGY: It has not always been possible to determine which records relate to: 1. The Gaol proper - for convicted 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 relate to both. In general the term 'gaol' has been used for the whole institution unless otherwise indicated. Because the Acts governing penal institutions it is not always clear whether there always was a clearly defined distinction between the two functions.

Information Sources:

Legislation Administered:

Prison Act 1868, Probation of Offenders Act 1934

Legislation Creating:

Public Service Act 1923 (TGG 10 Mar 1936)

Legislation Abolishing Agency:

Functions Performed:
17 LAW ENFORCEMENT [1]
Previous Agencies:
TA31 GAOL (BRANCH) 01 Jan 1823 31 Dec 1936
Subsequent Agencies:
TA905 PRISONS DEPARTMENT 22 Dec 1959 15 Mar 1983
Related Agencies:
TA55 ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT 01 Jan 1823 15 Mar 1983
TA713 ROYAL COMMISSION INTO THE HOBART GAOL 01 Jan 1942 31 Dec 1943
Series Created By Agency:
GD21  DAILY JOURNAL OF THE DEPUTY GAOLER. 01 Jan 1834 31 Dec 1955
GD55  RECORD OF PRISONERS RELEASED ON PROBATION UNDER THE INDETERMINATE SENTENCES ACT, 1921. 01 Jan 1835 31 Dec 1946
GD35  ALPHABETICAL REGISTER OF PRISONERS ADMITTED. 01 Jan 1836 31 Dec 1938
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
GD106  MINUTES OF HEARINGS OF CHARGES AGAINST PRISONERS, HEARD BY THE SUPERINTENDENT. 01 Jan 1859 31 Dec 1939
GD67  PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION OF PRISONERS RECEIVED. 01 Jan 1860 31 Dec 1936
GD68  INDEX TO PRISONERS DESCRIPTION RECORDS. 01 Jan 1860 31 Dec 1952
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
GD70  REGISTER OF PRISONERS TRIED AND DISPOSED OF AT THE SUPREME COURT. 01 Jan 1870 31 Dec 1976
GD36  DAYBOOK OF ADMISSIONS AND DISCHARGES WITH STATISTICAL RETURNS OF THE DAILY STATE OF THE PRISON. 01 Jan 1872 31 Dec 1969
GD71  REGISTER OF SUBPOENAS FOR WITNESS REQUESTED BY PRISONERS AWAITING TRIAL. 01 Jan 1874 31 Dec 1952
GD87  RECORD OF BREAD PRODUCED AND SUPPLIED. 01 Jan 1876 31 Dec 1944
GD56  NOMINAL ROLL OF OCCUPANTS OF THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1880 31 Dec 1947
GD13  CASHBOOK OF INCOME RECEIVED FROM LABOUR AND SALE OF GOODS. 01 Jan 1883 31 Dec 1954
GD72  COPIES OF RETURNS OF FINES RECEIVED FROM PRISONERS INITIALLY COMMITTED TO GAOL IN DEFAULT OF PAYMENT. 01 Jan 1884 31 Dec 1972
GD75  STATISTICAL RETURNS OF THE EMPLOYMENT OF PRISONERS CLASSIFIED BY TRADE. 01 Jan 1887 31 Dec 1941
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
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
GD63  PRISONERS RECORD BOOKS. 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1962
GD65  INDEX TO PRISONERS RECORD BOOKS. 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1962
GD61  PRISONERS INDIVIDUAL FILES. 01 Jan 1891 31 Dec 1960
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
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
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
GD18  REGISTER OF STORES RECEIVED AND ISSUED. 01 Jan 1900 31 Dec 1959
GD58  MONTHLY MUSTER OF PRISONERS CLASSIFIED BY THEIR LOCATION IN THE GAOL. 01 Jan 1901 31 Dec 1952
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
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
GD66  INDEX TO PRISONERS "RESERVE RECORD BOOKS". 01 Jan 1920 31 Dec 1947
GD89  RECORD OF THE SALE OF VARIOUS GOODS PRODUCED BY PRISONERS. 01 Jan 1921 31 Dec 1963
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
GD115  REGISTER OF PRISONERS GRANTED REMISSIONS OF SENTENCE. 01 Jan 1937 31 Dec 1948
GD62  DECEASED PRISONERS INDIVIDUAL FILES. 01 Jan 1940 31 Dec 1972
AA966  CORRESPONDENCE FILES (UNREGISTERED). 01 Jan 1942 31 Dec 1951
AA963  WARRANTS FOR TEMPORARY DETENTION OF A PERSON WITH AN OFFENCE TRIABLE BY COURT MARTIAL. 01 Jan 1946 31 Dec 1946
GD93  RECORD OF PRISONERS "PRIVATE MONEY" AND PAYMENTS MADE TO PRISONERS FROM THIS. 01 Jan 1948 31 Dec 1968
AA964  LIST OF PRISONERS AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 25 YEARS. 01 Jan 1955 31 Jan 1955