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New South Wales - Archival Series

School Files (1876 - 1979)

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School Files are a series of records related to the running of schools in New South Wales from 1879 to 1979. The records mainly include applications for the establishment of schools, school's progress, buildings and school site information, teachers and other miscellaneous records. There are some records related more specifically to pupil's including: admission registers, punishment books and examination books. Records post 1939 are strictly administrative.

Quantity: 4436 boxes, 114 plans, 1 bundle.


Access Conditions

Access to some files in this series maybe restricted.


These files are arranged alphabetically by name of school. They deal with matters relating to the administration and operation of the school and may include correspondence about pupils.

These files, together with the school records listed below, may be a vital source of information about children who were residents of children's homes, or cared for under a substitute care program, particularly where no other records of that home or program survive. For example, the records of Carlingford Public School may contain information about children from Dalmar at Carlingford.

The files for 1876-1939 are listed in detail in Archives in Brief 26, a publication of State Records of NSW and which is available in the Kingswood search room and online. In addition, State Records' Guide to New South Wales State Archives Relating to Aboriginal People lists the records of Aboriginal schools which were run by the Department. This guide is also available in the Kingswood search room and online.


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