• Archival Collection

Melbourne Orphan Asylum Records

To access these records

Please contact OzChild:

Postal address: PO Box 1312, South Melbourne VIC 3205.

Phone: (03) 9695 2200

Website: https://www.ozchild.org.au/contact-us/orphanage-information/

Reference Number

Quote this number to access your records: State Library of Victoria Accession No, MS 13168

Records Location

These records are held by State Library of Victoria (1854 - current).


Melbourne Orphan Asylum Records (MS 13168) is a manuscript collection held by the State Library of Victoria. It includes records about former residents of the Melbourne Orphanage and the Melbourne Orphan Asylum, including case files and admission records, as well as records like minute books, scrapbooks and accounting records.

Access Conditions

Access to these records is restricted. Permission to view material in this collection must be obtained in writing from OzChild. The person will then need to contact the State Library of Victoria’s Australian Manuscripts Collection in advance as material can not be retrieved immediately.


There is a finding aid to the collection available on the website of the State Library of Victoria.

The Melbourne Orphan Asylum Records comprise:

  • case files, c.1858-1959;
  • minute books, 1845-1851, 1858-1863, 1882-1892, 1899-1935, 1938-1945, and 1948-1954;
  • annual reports, 1854/1855, 1858-1919, 1921/1922, 1931-1952, and 1954-1956;
  • scrapbooks, 1923-1976;
  • admissions book, ca. 1850-1986;
  • journal and letter book, 1858-1861;
  • official register of inmates, 1887-1975;
  • reports on apprentices, 1913-1917;
  • account book, ca. 1917-1955;
  • wills and other legal documents;
  • war medals;
  • and printing blocks.

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