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New South Wales - Archival Series

Personal Record Cards (1960s - 1980s)

Bexley Boys' Home


The Personal Record Cards, comprising of one card drawer, were filled out for each boy, 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.


Access Conditions

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


On the reverse of Personal Record Cards 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.


Online Resources

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,

Prepared by: Melissa Downing