St Joseph's Orphanage, Cowper, housed 2125 children from 1914 until 1972. The service was financed by a dairy farm on farmland purchased by the Sisters of Mercy and later by the building of an egg production plant. Orchards were also planted for fruit.
From 1930 the Sisters received child endowment payments, representing the first public money supporting the service. Mr Pollock, a Grafton solicitor, applied for the endowment and encouraged the Church and civil community to help St Joseph's with its running expenses.
St Joseph's Cowper hold records of some description for every child who has been in 'care' there since 1912. The St Joseph's Cowper record collection includes an admissions register and client file cards dating from 1912, baptismal certificates dating from 1915, assorted photographs, and client case files for the 1980s. Ex-residents are welcome to visit, to access files, to view photographs, etc. All visitors are made very welcome.
St Joseph's Cowper Inc., Sisters of Mercy Grafton (Head Office):
PO Box 418, Grafton, NSW 2480
Phone: (02)6642 3022
Fax: (02) 6642 1763
08 November 2013
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/nsw/NE00172
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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