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Gaol Department
Agency Number:
Start Date:
01 Jan 1936
End Date:
31 Dec 1959
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.~
Legislation Administered:
Prison Act 1868, Probation of Offenders Act 1934
Legislation Creating:
Public Service Act 1923 (TGG 10 Mar 1936)
Functions Performed:
Law enforcement
Previous Agencies:
Gaol (Branch) (TA31)01 Jan 182331 Dec 1936
Attorney-General's Department (TA55)01 Jan 182315 Mar 1983

Royal Commission Into the Hobart Gaol (TA713)01 Jan 194231 Dec 1943
Subsequent Agencies:
Prisons Department (TA905)22 Dec 195915 Mar 1983
Series Created By Agency:
GD21 Daily Journal of the Deputy Gaoler.01 Jan 183431 Dec 1955

GD55 Record of Prisoners Released on Probation under the Indeterminate Sentences Act, 1921.01 Jan 183531 Dec 1946

GD35 Alphabetical Register of Prisoners admitted.01 Jan 183631 Dec 1938

GD7 Standing Orders and Permanent Instructions issued by the Superintendent.01 Jan 185631 Dec 1964

GD27 Wardens Daily Reports.01 Jan 185631 Dec 1960

GD106 Minutes of Hearings of Charges Against Prisoners, Heard by the Superintendent.01 Jan 185931 Dec 1939

GD68 Index to Prisoners Description Records.01 Jan 186031 Dec 1952

GD67 Physical Description of Prisoners received.01 Jan 186031 Dec 1936

GD108 Minutes of Hearings by Justices of the Peace of Charges Against Prisoners for Offences Committed in the Gaol.01 Jan 186231 Dec 1959

GD70 Register of Prisoners tried and Disposed of at the Supreme Court.01 Nov 187008 Jul 1976

GD36 Daybook of Admissions and Discharges with Statistical Returns of the Daily State of the Prison.01 Jan 187231 Dec 1969

GD71 Register of Subpoenas for Witness Requested by Prisoners Awaiting Trial.01 Jan 187431 Dec 1952

GD87 Record of Bread Produced and supplied.01 Jan 187631 Dec 1944

GD56 Nominal Roll of Occupants of the Gaol.01 Jan 188031 Dec 1947

GD13 Cashbook of Income received from Labour and Sale of Goods.01 Jan 188331 Dec 1954

GD72 Copies of Returns of Fines received from Prisoners Initially Committed to Gaol in Default of Payment.01 Jan 188431 Dec 1972

GD75 Statistical Returns of the Employment of Prisoners Classified by Trade.01 Jan 188731 Dec 1941

GD73 Alphabetical Register of Prisoners Visited.01 Jan 188831 Dec 1941

GD96 Record of the Medical Treatment of Ill Prisoners.01 Jan 188831 Dec 1938

GD65 Index to Prisoners Record Books.01 Jan 189031 Dec 1962

GD10 Index to Record of Service of Gaol Officers.01 Jan 189031 Dec 1960

GD63 Prisoners Record Books.01 Jan 189031 Dec 1962

GD9 Record of Service of Gaol Officers.01 Jan 189031 Dec 1960

GD61 Prisoners Individual Files.01 Jan 189131 Dec 1960

GD29 Gate Keepers Daily Journal.01 Jan 189231 Dec 1972

GD38 Register of convicted Persons Imprisoned and discharged Noting their Religious Denominations.01 Jan 189231 Dec 1943

GD116 Register of Prisoners Applying to Write Letters and Memorials, and Requesting Other Privileges.01 Jan 189431 Dec 1968

GD69 Alphabetical Register of Prisoners Weights, recorded Six Monthly.01 Jan 189531 Dec 1950

GD95 Record of Property Brought Into the Gaol by Male Prisoners.01 Jan 189631 Dec 1954

GD15 Cashbooks of Expenditure.01 Jan 189831 Dec 1952

GD18 Register of Stores received and issued.01 Jan 190031 Dec 1959

GD58 Monthly Muster of Prisoners Classified by their Location in the Gaol.01 Jan 190131 Dec 1952

GD34 Register of the Admission and Discharge of Prisoners with Details of the Number of Convictions.01 Jan 190831 Dec 1954

GD24 Chief Wardens Daily Reports.01 Jan 190931 Dec 1945

GD25 Wardens Night Reports.01 Jan 190931 Dec 1959

GD64 Prisoners Record Cards.01 Jan 191031 Dec 1962

GD42 Register of Prisoners received Into and discharged from Gaols Other Than at Hobart.01 Jan 191031 Dec 1937

GD62 Deceased Prisoners Individual Files.25 Sep 191826 May 1978

GD66 Index to Prisoners "Reserve Record Books".01 Jan 192031 Dec 1947

GD89 Record of the Sale of Various Goods Produced by Prisoners.01 Jan 192131 Dec 1963

GD132 Record of Prisoners Escorted to the Gaol.01 Jan 193031 Dec 1936

GD118 Record of Marks Earned under the "Marks System".01 Jan 193331 Dec 1961

GD92 Record of Money Advanced to Prisoners Against their Earnings.01 Jan 193331 Dec 1965

GD121 Record of Prisoners Commencing on the "Marks System".01 Jan 193331 Dec 1948

GD115 Register of Prisoners granted Remissions of Sentence.01 Jan 193731 Dec 1948

AA966 Correspondence Files (Unregistered).01 Jan 194231 Dec 1951

AA963 Warrants for Temporary Detention of a Person with an Offence Triable by Court Martial.01 Jan 194631 Dec 1946

GD93 Record of Prisoners "Private Money" and Payments Made to Prisoners from This.01 Jan 194831 Dec 1968

AA964 List of Prisoners Aged between 16 and 25 Years.01 Jan 195531 Jan 1955