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New South Wales - Archival Collection

Records of the Home of the Good Shepherd (1913 - 1975)


The Records of the Home of the Good Shepherd are held by Good Shepherd Archives in Abbotsford, Victoria.


Access Conditions

Care leavers (and their families) wanting to find information about their time in care, or access personal files can contact Good Shepherd Archive.

All requests for personal information must be accompanied by some form of personal identification such as a copy of your birth certificate or a copy of your current driver's licence. If you are applying for information about another person, their permission is required. If you are applying for information about a person who is deceased, proof of death is required. Proof of your relationship to the deceased person is also required.


This collection includes:

Admission & Discharge Registers 1913 to 1969
There are 4 volumes of registers. The information in these registers includes: dates of admission and discharge; name, age and date of birth of the child; names of parents or guardian; and the reason for admission.

The Good Shepherd Archive also holds a number of supplementary records for the Home of the Good Shepherd including: case files and admission cards. The collection also includes cards recording maintenance payments for residents placed after 1968. These cards have a date range of 1969 up to 1975, when the Convent was closed and Rosemount residential programme for teenage girls was established.

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Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998,; This entry has been updated with information received from the record holders as part of the Records Access Documentation grants. The source documents are held in the eScholarship Research Centre files at the University of Melbourne.

Prepared by: Melissa Downing