These are records created by May Villa and the May Villa Community Care School that are held by Museums of History NSW (State Archives). The records contain information about children that lived at May Villa, and include admission and discharge registers, punishment registers, medical records, information about foster parents, financial records, and a school diary.
Access to these records is currently restricted. In New South Wales, records relating to individuals, such as case files and correspondence are closed to public access for 100 years. Records such as registers and indexes are closed to public access for 80 years.
Care Leavers wishing to access records about themselves will need to complete a Care Leaver Records Access Application Form (downloadable from the Care Leaver Records Access Unit website or available at a Community Services Centre). Completed application forms with proof of identity can be sent to the Care Leaver Records Access Unit, or lodged with a Community Services Centre. For further information please contact the Care Leaver Records Access Unit.
The following are a selection of records created May Villa and May Villa Community Care School, and held by Museums of History. Listed here are the titles and dates of records, their series/reference number (required when ordering records for viewing), and summaries of descriptions as published on the Museums of History State Archives catalogue.
These records are known to contain information about children at May Villa. In addition to these records, Museums of History hold further administrative and operational records created by the Home that are less likely to contain personal information about children. For a list of all records created by the Home please see the May Villa Agency description on the Museums of History website.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'May Villa', in State Records Authority of New South Wales website, State of New South Wales through the State Records Authority of NSW 2016, https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/agency/6557.
Prepared by: Constance Thurley-Hart
Created: 2 June 2023