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New South Wales - Archival Series

Index To Admissions And Discharges (1852 - 1913)

Benevolent Society of New South Wales

Reference No
*D 561-*D 582
Legal Status
State Library of New South Wales - Manuscripts & Pictures Call Number

Index To Admissions And Discharges record the name, age, religion, date of admission and discharge reason (e.g. to boarding out officer, to family, to another institution, to billet, with permission, absconded, expelled or deceased).


Access Conditions

These records are restricted and written permission from the Benevolent Society must be obtained. At the time of application proof of ID and/or proof of relationship to the person in the records must be provided. For preservation purposes you may only be able to access a copy of the original record. Contact the State Library of New South Wales for assistance in applying for access to the collection.


The volumes index admissions and discharges at:

  • Sydney Benevolent Asylum (Jan 1852-May 1904)
  • Liverpool Asylum (1852-1862)
  • Hospital for Women, Paddington (Oct 1901-May 1903)
  • and provides a general index (Mar 1904-Aug 1913)

The series is incomplete and there are no records between May 1865 and February 1875. The records are arranged alphabetically by date of admission and there are 12 volumes.



  • Rathbone, Ron, A Very Present Help: Caring for Australians Since 1813, State Library of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 1994, 237 pp. Details

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