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New South Wales - Archival Series

Inmates Journals (1852 - 1913)

Benevolent Society of New South Wales

Reference No
A 7227-A 7253
Legal Status
State Library of New South Wales - Manuscripts & Pictures Call Number

Inmates Journals are a daily journal showing the admission and discharge of residents at the Sydney Benevolent Asylum, Royal Hospital for Women and Renwick Hospital for Infants. The journals include the name, age, religion, place of origin, marital status, brief case history and medical remarks of the resident. They also include the ship and year of arrival, their next of kin, stores issued and received and the name of the referee. The journals also provide a monthly summary of admissions, discharges, transfers and births.


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.


Particulars recorded and the level of detail varies considerably across this series of journals. The records are arranged chronologically and there are 27 volumes.


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