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New South Wales - Archival Series

Medical records (1905 - )

Royal Hospital for Women


The amount of information available in these records varies depending on the time period. Earlier records are less comprehensive than records dating from the 1960s. Information given may include mother's name, address, where transferred from, age, occupation, and religion. Later records also include the mother's date of birth and, occasionally, details of next of kin. The records also include clinical information such as treatment given, etc. These records are housed at the Prince of Wales Hospital, adjacent to the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick.


Access Conditions

Access to information relating to adoption cases is restricted to the adoptee and the birth parents. Requests for information relating to adoption cases are handled in accordance with the Adoption Act 2000. Requests must be made in writing, and the applicant must include certain information with their application before it can be processed. Details of what information is required can be obtained from the Medical Records Manager at the Hospital. Other requests for information will be treated in accordance with principles of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPAA). Information will only be released to the person to whom it relates.

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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