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).
Access to these records is restricted. People wishing to access restricted records can either contact their nearest Community Services Centre to apply or they can post the information; an application form must be completed together with proof of identity provided.
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: 8 December 2016