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New South Wales - Archival Series

Personal Record Cards (1960s)

St Patrick's Orphanage


The Personal Record Cards from St Patrick's Orphanage, Armidale, NSW date from the 1960s period. The personal record cards contain information about residents of the orphanage including; name, date of birth, place of birth, family information, admission, dishcarge and medical information. The cards are filed alphabetically by child's surname.


Access Conditions

Information in the records is available to the individual to whom it relates or a family member, provided they can prove their relationship to the person. Information is not available to third parties about a person who is still alive.


These cards (c.1960s) were filled out for each child, under regulations 47A (w)(i) and 47B (g)(i) of the Child Welfare Act 1939.

The records include the following information; the name; date and place of birth; religion; where baptised; father's name and address; mother's name and address, including maiden name; details of any step-parents; by whom the child's admission to the home was arranged; the date and circumstances surrounding the child's admission, including details of any court order; particulars of any maintenance order and details of any maintenance agreement. On the reverse of the card the following information is recorded: date of discharge; to whom discharged and address on discharge. There is also a medical record for the child: physical condition of child on admission; if parent's consent is held for anaesthetics, operations, blood transfusions, immunisations and vaccinations; an immunisation record; and any other pertinent medical information.

Quantity: 1 box


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,; Email with Archivist at Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives, dated 12 February 2015, subject: Additional series on Find & Connect website that weren't in RADP, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Melissa Downing