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New South Wales - Archival Series

Personal Files (1970 - 1990)

St Catherine's Orphanage

August 1990

Personal Files is an archival series relating to St Catherine's Orphanage. The files contain information about residents such as social workers' reports; medical reports; school reports; and personal information including date of birth and dates of admission and discharge.

The Personal Files, St Catherine's Orphanage records were held by Sisters of Mercy Archives (North Sydney) until March 2012, when they were transferred to CatholicCare Sydney.


Access Conditions

People seeking access to information will need to verify their identity with a signed statement of request and two forms of identification, one of which should be signed.

There are additional identification requirements for relatives of Care Leavers and Former Child Migrants and those wishing to access the records of someone who is deceased or unable to request the records for themselves.

Where adoption is involved, there are separate requirements related to accessing Social and Medical information in keeping with the Adoption Act 2000.

If you are experiencing any difficulties in meeting any of the identification requirements please contact CatholicCare.

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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,

Prepared by: Melissa Downing