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New South Wales - Archival Series

Boarding Out Registers (Ward Registers) (1923 - 1936)

1 August 1923
31 December 1936
Alternative Names
  • Ward Registers (also known as)
Reference No
Legal Status
State Records Authority of New South Wales Series Number
New South Wales

Boarding Out Registers (also known as Ward Registers) comprise 30 volumes that record the following information: name of child; place of birth; date of birth; religion; name and known address of parents; number of papers; particulars of foster parents or guardians (i.e. names, addresses); dates when received and how placed; and Boarding Out Register number. They also note how the child was eventually 'disposed of' (e.g. by return to parent or relative, by adoption, by attaining maturity).


Quantity: 30 volumes

Access Conditions

Access to these records is currently restricted. In New South Wales, records relating to individuals, such as case files and correspondence are closed to public access for 100 years. Records such as registers and indexes are closed to public access for 80 years.

Care Leavers wishing to access records about themselves will need to complete a Care Leaver Records Access Application Form (downloadable from the Care Leaver Records Access Unit website or available at a Community Services Centre). Completed application forms with proof of identity can be sent to the Care Leaver Records Access Unit, or lodged with a Community Services Centre. For further information please contact the Care Leaver Records Access Unit.


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