Annual Reports of the Department of Co-operative Development

Archive Unit

Scope and Content

Reports initially compiled by the Registrar of Co-operative Societies until 1958, and then by the Commissioner for Co-operative Development. The reports carry details of the progress of co-operation across the country for the stated period and are particularly rich with statistical data. Often an historical background of the co-operative movement in the country is included at the beginning of the reports along with details regarding staffing. Further details of visiting dignitaries and fellow co-operators are generally recorded along with the recording of any overseas training courses attended by staff members. From 1978 the reports are split into different provinces.