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New South Wales - Archival Series

Admission Registers (1940 - 1963)

St Joseph's Orphanage, Goulburn

Reference No
Series 001
Legal Status
ISMAPNG Archives Series Number

This Series of Admission Registers comprises two registers of handwritten entries about girls who were admitted to St Joseph's Orphanage, Goulburn.


Access Conditions

Application for access must be made, in writing, to the Archivist, providing personal identification documents to establish the right to access information. Physical access to the records is not permitted due to their fragility and the need to protect the confidentiality of information concerning other persons. Information will be forwarded by mail.


The Admission registers are managed by the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG). ISMAPNG formed out of the consolidation of 14 of the 17 congregations of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia, and from the region of Papua New Guinea. This included the Goulburn Congregation, which ran St Joseph's Orphanage, Goulburn.

The information in the registers in this Series includes: Name, DOB, birthplace, mother's name, father's name, date of admission, date of discharge. The name of at least one parent appears in each entry. If siblings came into care their details are also recorded. It is not always possible to determine the exact reason for admission. Related records include personal record cards and some baptismal certificates.


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,; Document received from ISMAPNG Archives in June 2013, 'Information for Find & Connect Website - Records Access Documentation Project, Institute of Sisters of Mercy for Australia and Papua New Guinea - former Goulburn Congregation Records', held in RADP project files on the ESRC share drive. Email from Lachie Douglas (Lotus Place) dated 3 November 2016.

Prepared by: Melissa Downing