St Joseph's Home for Children, Croydon
Personal Record Cards (dates uncertain) is an archival series relating to St Joseph's Home, Croydon. The cards were filled out for each child, under regulations 47A (w)(i) and 47B (g)(i) of the Child Welfare Act 1939. They record the following: 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.
Physical access to the original records is not possible due to their fragility and the need to protect the privacy of others mentioned in the records.
These records have not been fully listed or catalogued, so the date range is unknown.
These records were transferred to CatholicCare Adoption Services Bankstown in April 2013. All written and telephone requests for access should be made to CatholicCare Adoption Services.
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, http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/files/2011/02/connectkin_guide1.pdf; Information on location of records from the Archivist, Sisters of St Joseph, 29 April 2013.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing and Naomi Parry
Created: 10 August 2011, Last modified: 10 March 2014