• Archival Series

Personal Record Cards, St Patrick's Orphanage

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Please contact Family Spirit Adoption Services:

Postal address: Suite 301, Level 3, 2-14 Meredith Street, Bankstown NSW, 2220

Phone: (02) 8709 9333

Email: adoptions@familyspirit.org

Website: https://www.familyspirit.org/

Records Location

These records are held by Family Spirit (2018 - current).


The Personal Record Cards from St Patrick’s Orphanage, Armidale, NSW date from the 1960s period. The personal record cards contain information about residents of the orphanage including; name, date of birth, place of birth, family information, admission, discharge and medical information. The cards are filed alphabetically by child’s surname.

Access Conditions

Information in the records is available to the individual to whom it relates or a family member, provided they can prove their relationship to the person. Information is not available to third parties about a person who is still alive.


These cards (c.1960s) were filled out for each child, under regulations 47A (w)(i) and 47B (g)(i) of the Child Welfare Act 1939.

The records include the following information; the name; date and place of birth; religion; where baptised; father’s name and address; mother’s name and address, including maiden name; details of any step-parents; by whom the child’s admission to the home was arranged; the date and circumstances surrounding the child’s admission, including details of any court order; particulars of any maintenance order and details of any maintenance agreement. On the reverse of the card the following information is recorded: date of discharge; to whom discharged and address on discharge. There is also a medical record for the child: physical condition of child on admission; if parent’s consent is held for anaesthetics, operations, blood transfusions, immunisations and vaccinations; an immunisation record; and any other pertinent medical information.

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