Institution Inmates' Files are records that relate to girls committed to the Parramatta Girls Training School during the period 1964-72 and to inmates older than 21, the majority of the inmates are second offenders. The files include information on personal history, medical reports, court orders, progress reports, shelter reports and suitability for discharge.
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.
Institution Inmates' Files comprise the following: personal history cards which relate to the background of the inmate; copies of medical reports - both physical and psychological; orders of the court which relate to the offence of the inmate; copies of letters sent to the Department and parents concerning the inmate; progress reports; shelter reports; and the suitability of the inmate for discharge. In some cases, personal letters received by the inmate, photographs, and letters written to the Superintendent from the inmate after discharge are included.
According to Connecting Kin (1998), there are 71 boxes of Institution Inmates' Files.
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: 12 December 2014