Newcastle Maternity and Rescue Home
The Inmates' Register is a single volume (part) which contains biographical information about each woman admitted, including: name; age; where from; marital status; physical and spiritual condition; whether the woman had been in prison or other homes and, if so, for what reason; 'capabilities' (i.e. occupational skills); date and details of discharge (e.g. if sent to employment, whether returned home, etc.); and any remarks. The volume has been indexed retrospectively by staff of the Social Services Department. The volume has been used as the Inmates' Register for several Homes, including Bathurst Maternity and Rescue Home from 5 July 1897 to 28 May 1906, Newtown Rescue Home from 1 June 1891 to 28 May 1906 and Newcastle Rescue Home from 16 July 1897 to 11 June 1906. Each Home is listed in a separate part of the volume.
Former residents and clients can access information about themselves after providing proof of identity. Access to information may be given to a third party providing they have written permission from the person to whom the information relates, can prove a connection with that person, or show evidence that the person is deceased. All other applications for access will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Access to information about adoptions is subject to the provisions of the NSW Adoption Act 2000.
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.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing
Created: 10 August 2011, Last modified: 18 May 2014