Access to these records is governed by the Samaritans Foundation (which was previously known as the Newcastle Anglican Board of Social Work). People wishing to access these records need to contact the Samaritan Foundation to obtain permission. Proof of identity may be required. Access is provided in accordance with privacy laws - former residents of the children's Homes are able to access their personal records and information relating directly to them. The Samaritan Foundation can provide support and counselling if required.
The University of Newcastle Archives holds a collection of records relating to the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. This collection includes a group of records titled 'Diocese of Newcastle Children's Homes'. These records cover the period from 1918 to 1987 and include the following homes:
The records relating to these homes include reports, agendas, registers, correspondence, Home cash books, appeals and applications, press cuttings, birth dates, and a small number of photographs.
These records are not listed in the University of Newcastle catalogue but a paper listing exists. The records have been assigned item numbers (a unique code to identify each record). These item numbers start with an A if the record is in a box, or B if the record is loose or in a folder.
People who experienced 'care' through any of these homes should be aware that a lot of institutions did not keep records about individual children. As such records are often grouped together by the name of the home or organisation they relate to rather than by the names of individual children. Additionally some records if they ever existed may have been damaged or lost over time.
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.
We do not currently have any photographs linked to this entry. If you know of any additional photographs, please contact us.
The Find & Connect Support Service can help people who lived in orphanages and children's institutions look for their records.
05 July 2022
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/nsw/NE01673
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