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New South Wales - Archival Series

Adoption Records, c. 1920s-80s (1920s - 1980s)

St Anthony's, Croydon


Adoption Records, c. 1920s-80s [St Anthony's Croydon] are on cards and contain information about the birth mother, the baby and the adopting parents. The amount and type of information varies from case to case. The cards are housed in two filing cabinet drawers. They may include the following information: name, address, physical description, educational background and family details of the birth mother; the birth mother's date of admission and discharge; the baby's date of birth, length and weight; the date the baby was discharged to the adopting parents; and the names, address, physical description and family details of the adopting parents.


Access Conditions

Access to information contained in these records is restricted in accordance with the provisions of the NSW Adoption Act 2000.



  • Burford, Sister Kath R.F.J., St Anthony's Family Care, St Anthony's Family Care, Croydon, 1989. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Sisters of St Joseph, 'Letter from Sisters of St Joseph regarding location of records [Correspondence, Item 6]', in Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices: Submissions received by the Committee, 25 August 2011,; 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