• Archival Collection

Benevolent Society of New South Wales Collection, 1813-1996

To access these records

Please contact the Benevolent Society:

Postal Address: PO Box 171, Paddington NSW 2021

Phone: (02) 8262 3400 or 1800 26 762

records@benevolent.org.au

Website: https://www.benevolent.org.au/

Records Location

Details

The Benevolent Society of New South Wales Collection, 1813-1996 is an aggregated collection held by the State Library of New South Wales. It comprises a large amount of records created between 1813 and 1996 by the Benevolent Society and its predecessor, the New South Wales Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and Benevolence. The aggregated collection is created from four smaller collections and records include minute books, indexes and registers of admissions and discharges, ledgers, journals, correspondence, and subject files.

Access Conditions

Written permission from the Benevolent Society must be obtained: permission is granted for use for 10 years only. Contact the Benevolent Society or the State Library of New South Wales for assistance in applying for access to the collection.

Records

The Benevolent Society of New South Wales Collection, 1813-1996 is an aggregated collection made from 4 smaller collections. These collections are:

  • Benevolent Society of New South Wales – Records, 1813-1995
  • Benevolent Society of New South Wales records, 1813-1955
  • Benevolent Society of New South Wales records, 1852-1913
  • Benevolent Society of New South Wales, further records, 1847-1996

The large collection includes the surviving records of:

  • Benevolent Asylum
  • the Society’s Thomas Street Asylum
  • Renwick Hospital for Infants, Summer Hill
  • Renwick Hospital for Infants, Thomas Street
  • Liverpool Asylum
  • Scarba Welfare House for Children
  • Scarba Welfare House for Women and Children
  • Scarba House for Children
  • The Royal Hospital for Women

Many of the early records of Scarba House for Children and Renwick Hospital for Infants were destroyed or lost as a result of a flood in the Society’s records storage area. No records of these institutions remain outside the State Library of New South Wales collection except for patients’ medical records for the Royal Hospital for Women which currently reside with the hospital in Paddington, New South Wales.

Information about series that were included in the publication Connecting Kin (1998) is available on the Find & Connect website.

Finding Aid

The records are described in the publication ‘Guide to the Records of the Benevolent Society of New South Wales, 1813-1995, in the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW’. The guide (140 pages) may be consulted in the Mitchell Library Reading Room.

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