• Archival Collection

Bethany Boys' Home Records

To access these records

Please contact Research Enquiries, Tasmanian Archives:

Postal address: 91 Murray St, Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 5538 or (03) 6165 5541

Website: https://libraries.tas.gov.au/get-help/help-with-research-and-finding-information/

Records Location

These records are held by Tasmanian Archives (2011 - current).


The Bethany Boys’ Home Records consist of two admission registers, four photograph albums, and a visitors book. The contents of this collection dates from 1947 to 1978. The items contain information about the children, visitors and activities of Bethany Boys’ Home.

Access Conditions

This series has a D75 access restriction. This means that the records are closed for 75 years, except to former residents and their relatives. If a former resident wishes to access these records, a search will be done by staff and they will be provided with a copy.


Admission Registers, 1947-1966 & 1962-1974
The Admission Registers contain an entry for each child which includes date of birth, date of admission, whether the child is a ward of the state, a private admission or maintained by the church and reports relating to their time in the Home. These cover issues such as general behaviour and health. The registers may contain names of parents and siblings and information relating to background including reason for admission.

Photograph Albums, 1947-1978
There are four photograph albums with photographs of the Home at Dover and after it moved to Lowelly Road, Lindisfarne. Most of the photographs are of children and activities at the Home.

Visitors Book, 1956-1977
The Visitors Book is a record of visitors to Bethany Boys Home. It includes date of visit, name of visitor, address and comments.

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