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St Joseph's Cowper Records collection includes records of some description for every child who has been in 'care' there since 1912. The early records tend to have limited information about each child, and as time went on the records became more detailed. The records contain information including: name, date of birth, place of birth, parents' names, admission date, name of person who placed the child at St Joseph's, departure date, where the child went to after leaving St Joseph's. Additional information, which is more likely to exist for the later years, includes: health and immunisation records, school information, daily reports, photographs, religious records regarding baptisms, first communion and confirmation. Records of children in 'care' at St Joseph's became more comprehensive again from the 1980s onwards, and included: legal information, correspondence with the Department of Community Services, personal correspondence, brief information as to why out-of-home care was required, brief notes on family contact, psychological information, details of assessments, case conference material, family contact, details of host families, aftercare contact, and photographic and video records of time in care.
The St Joseph's Cowper collection includes:
We do not currently have any records linked to this organisation, but records may exist. The Find & Connect Support Service can help people who lived in orphanages and children's institutions look for their records.
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The Find & Connect Support Service can help people who lived in orphanages and children's institutions look for their records.
18 July 2018
Cite this: https://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/nsw/NE00879
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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