Bethesda Maternity Hospital
The Unmarried Mothers' Register, comprising of one volume, records the name of the expectant mother; date of first interview; where and when she was in care (which home or hostel and hospital she was in); whether an adoption was requested by the mother; whether an adoption request was withdrawn; the date the child was placed; and whether that placement was arranged by the Salvation Army or the Child Welfare Department.
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: 10 March 2014