Former residents (and their families) should contact the Uniting Heritage Service to find information, and access personal files. The Uniting Heritage Service is a free service that helps individuals access information about them or family members, as well as access appropriate support should they choose. Heritage Service staff prefer to release records to past residents or their family members in person, where possible, in order to give greater meaning and context to the information.
The records in this collection are mostly about the management and running of children's Homes by the Methodist and Presbyterian churches before 1977, and after that, by the Uniting Church. The records contain limited information about children in the Homes. There are some admission registers and client files, however, most of the information about children living in the Homes is found in records relating to administrative functions, for example minutes of meetings, correspondence and financial records.
Records in this collection have been indexed by The Uniting Church Archives as part of the Records Access Documentation Grants in 2017. A searchable index has been created to improve access to the collection.
The collection includes the following records:
Kilmany Park Farm Home for Boys
Regent House Hostel for Girls
Presbyterian Babies' Home
Methodist Babies' Home and Copelen Family Centre
Orana Peace Memorial Homes for Children
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.
11 January 2019
Cite this: https://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/vic/E000746
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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