Gill Memorial Boys' Home
These Client Files, which comprise of four cartons, date foremost from the 1950s to the early 1980s. The earliest of these files pre-date the opening of the Gill Memorial Home; they relate to boys who were initially admitted to Bexley Boys' Home and subsequently transferred to the Gill Memorial Boys' Home in Goulburn. These files may, but don't always, include: application for admission (which records such information as date of application; name and address of child; date and place of birth; parents' names and addresses; whether child has been resident in another institution and, if so, the name of that institution; names and ages of any brothers and sisters; reason for child being placed and anticipated length of placement; and any undertaking by the parent or guardian to contribute to the upkeep of the child); school reports; medical reports; immunisation record; court orders or mandates; personal record cards; reports by District Officers of the Child Welfare Department; and correspondence regarding the child.
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.
The amount of information available varies from file to file, depending on the circumstances of each case.
There are also a small number of files from the 1930s and 1940s, which contain an application form, and correspondence about the child. In a number of instances the correspondence is from the parent or guardian to the manager of the Home, conveying money or clothes for their child.
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: 17 May 2014