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Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia


Services for war veterans

Before the creation of the Department of Veterans' Affairs in 1976, services for veterans who served in 20th-century conflicts were the responsibility of the Repatriation Department (1917–74), Department of Repatriation and Compensation (1974–75), and the Repatriation Department again (1975–76). Over time these services have included medical and hospital treatment, and payment of pensions and allowances to eligible veterans and their dependants.

Case files, created for each veteran who sought the services of the department, may include medical, hospital and clinical treatment or pension files. Sometimes these different types of case files are incorporated into one set of papers, but in most cases they are kept separately. The files usually contain information on such matters as the veteran's physical or mental health, disabilities, and domestic and financial affairs. As much of this information may be personally sensitive, veterans' case files are not always available for public access.

SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO VETERANS' AFFAIRS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Sydney
Recorded by: Deputy Comptroller/Commissioner of Repatriation, Adelaide
Repatriation State Board minute book, 1919–20 AP286/4
Minutes of Repatriation Board with supporting documents, 1920–84 D1770
Repatriation local committee files, 1946– D234
Sydney
Recorded by: Commissioner of Repatriation/Department of Veterans' Affairs, Branch Office, South Australia
Correspondence book, 1918–20 AP286/1
Adelaide
Recorded by: Commissioner of Repatriation/Department of Veterans' Affairs, Branch Office, South Australia
General policy files, 1918–65 D2048
Sydney
Recorded by: Commissioner of Repatriation/Department of Veterans' Affairs, Branch Office, South Australia
Register for personal case files (pensions), 1918–55 D2532
Register for personal case files (miscellaneous series) including British and New Zealand ex-servicemen, 1924–67 D2531
War and service pension statistics, 1926–64 AP324/2
Local medical officers and visiting specialists files, 1940–80 AP1426/1
Statistical registers (rainbow books), Korea, Malaya and Far East Strategic Reserve war groups, 1943–59 D2932
Confidential correspondence files, 'CON', 1955– D2756
Act of Grace register (form 122), 1956–65 D227
Personal case files (Act of Grace), 1956– D368
General policy files, 1965– D1613
Hospital general policy files, 'HG', 1965–95 D1449
Entitlement international disease code index cards, 1969–84 D3417

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