Newcastle Maternity and Rescue Home
These Record Books, comprising three volumes, record biographical information for each woman admitted to the Home: name, where born, age, marital status, parents' names and addresses, religion, whether the woman had been in prison, hospital or any other homes, employment history, literacy, from where and by whom sent to the Home, and when the baby was due. The information about the baby includes name, date and place of birth, name and address of father, how the child was supported, and, in cases where the baby was adopted, the name and address of the adopting parents. There is also information about the mother's discharge from the Home, including a general summary of her 'career' and any reports after leaving.
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