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Sound Recordings in the National Archives


8. Health and Welfare

The National Archives of Australia holds series of sound recordings created by two health and welfare agencies – the Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital and the Handicapped Persons Welfare Section of the Department of Social Services (later Social Security) – and material from the Department of Labour and National Service.

Repatriation General Hospital, Greenslopes

The 112th th Australian General Hospital was established in Greenslopes, Queensland in 1941, to treat members of the armed forces. In 1947 the Repatriation Commission assumed administrative control of the hospital, which was renamed the Repatriation General Hospital, Greenslopes and then used for the treatment of ex-servicemen from Queensland, northern New South Wales and Papua New Guinea. From 1974 the hospital also treated members of the general public. On 6 January 1995 the Repatriation General Hospital was sold by the Federal Government to Ramsay Health Care.

GREENSLOPES REPATRIATION HOSPITAL HISTORICAL MATERIAL, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1920–94
Brisbane
This series contains historical material, some of which dates back to 1912, received from the Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital before its sale to Ramsay Health Care in January 1995. It also includes audio tapes and video cassettes.
Series: J2785
Quantity: 4.2 metres
Recorded by: 1920 Deputy Comptroller of Repatriation, Queensland (CA 3757); 1920–47 Deputy Commissioner for Repatriation, Queensland (CA 876); 1947–94 Repatriation General Hospital, Greenslopes, Queensland (CA 4658)
Greenslopes Hospital historical material – includes negatives, slides and audio tapes about various anniversaries and events (eg Greenslopes 50th th Anniversary and the 75th th Anzac Day commemoration), by 1970–92 J2785, 3/96

Department of Labour and National Service

The Department of Labour and National Service was established in 1940 to draw together in one unified organisation all issues of labour supply and labour relations. In 1972 it was succeeded by the Department of Labour, after which there were various administrative changes until 1987 when the Department of Employment, Education and Training was established. The Queensland regional administration operated within these successive departments.

DEPARTMENTAL HISTORICAL MATERIAL, ALPHABETICAL SERIES BY SUBJECT, 1945–92
Brisbane (part only sound material)
This series contains historical material dating back to 1931. It also contains videos about the Commonwealth Employment Service and about conferences, staff, studies, security, migrants, disabled persons, apprenticeships and various government schemes.
Series: J1454
Quantity: 7.86 metres
Recorded by: 1945–72 Department of Labour and National Service, Queensland (CA 2149); 1972–74 Department of Labour, Queensland (CA 2150); 1974–75 Labour Group, Department of Labour and Immigration, Queensland (CA 2151); 1975–78 Department of Employment and Industrial Relations (I), Queensland (CA 2211); 1978–80 Department of Employment and Youth Affairs, (renamed same period, Department of Industrial Relations) Queensland (CA 3730); 1980–82 Department of Employment and Youth Affairs, Queensland (CA 2761); 1982–87 Department of Employment and Industrial Relations (II), Queensland (CA 3818); 1987–92 Department of Employment, Education and Training, Queensland (CA 5858)

Department of Social Services, New South Wales Office

The Department of Social Services was created in 1939 to take over from the Treasury the administration of invalid and old age pensions and maternity allowances, and the National Health and Pensions Insurance Act. The NSW Office of the Department of Social Services dates from 1947.

In December 1972 the Department of Social Services was abolished and its functions were transferred to the newly created Department of Social Security.

HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND FILM OF DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS, 1968–74
Sydney
This series contains photographs and films of projects undertaken by the Department of Community Services in NSW. It includes still photographs of the openings of, and open days at, rehabilitation centres, and a selection of films. The 'training films' show people handicapped by injury being taught to return to the workforce. There are also films of people with disabilities participating in sport and attending rehabilitation courses, and profiles of social workers and their offices.
Series: C2058
Quantity: 0.36 metres
Recorded by: 1968–72 Director of Social Services, New South Wales, Handicapped Persons Welfare (CA 843); 1972–74 Department of Social Security, Handicapped Persons Welfare (CA 2393)
Dr Anne Carlsen, address at Mount Wilga Rehabilitation Centre (Director of Social Services, Handicapped Persons Welfare), c1967 C2058, 6
Social Welfare (Director of Social Services, Handicapped Persons Welfare), c1967 C2058, 7

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