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In 2001, the Department took all the information from the admission registers and created an electronic index. Using the index, the Department has tried to match the children on the admission registers with other files held. This indexing work showed that some children's names appeared multiple times. The Department had to look carefully at the other information on the admission register to try and determine if that name belonged to one child. For example, if 'John Smith' was admitted 4 times in 1946, was it the same John Smith or were there two boys called John Smith? If the child's birthdate or parent's name was also recorded, that would help sort out who was who. But often, there was only a name with the date of admission.
In the early days of the Receiving Home, children were often admitted by their parents or relatives - particularly if a mother was ill or needed to go out to work and had no-one to care for the children. Country children also came to stay at the Home while they waited to see a doctor or went to the Children's Hospital in Perth. Many of those children's names are on the admission register, but sometimes they were not recorded.
After 1969, another reception Home, called Bridgewater, opened in Applecross. The Department's index also contains the names of people who came into 'care' via Bridgewater.
Nine volumes of admission registers have been electronically indexed, as follows:
The admission registers had columns for quite a lot of information to be recorded about each child. That information could be passed along to the foster carer or Children's Home so that they had some background information about why the child had come into care. But sadly, the importance of recording this information wasn't foreseen and in many cases the register contains only a child's name and the date of admission. However, the admission registers are very valuable for the times when they may record the following details:
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10 August 2022
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