St Joseph's Cowper Records collection includes records of some description for every child who has been in 'care' there since 1912. This collection includes an admissions register and client file cards dating from 1912, baptismal certificates dating from 1915, assorted photographs, and client case files for the 1980s.
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St Joseph's Cowper Records collection includes records of some description for every child who has been in 'care' there since 1912. The early records tend to have limited information about each child, and as time went on the records became more detailed. The records contain information including: name, date of birth, place of birth, parents' names, admission date, name of person who placed the child at St Joseph's, departure date, where the child went to after leaving St Joseph's. Additional information, which is more likely to exist for the later years, includes: health and immunisation records, school information, daily reports, photographs, religious records regarding baptisms, first communion and confirmation. Records of children in 'care' at St Joseph's became more comprehensive again from the 1980s onwards, and included: legal information, correspondence with the Department of Community Services, personal correspondence, brief information as to why out-of-home care was required, brief notes on family contact, psychological information, details of assessments, case conference material, family contact, details of host families, aftercare contact, and photographic and video records of time in care.
The St Joseph's Cowper collection includes:
Prepared by: Naomi Parry and Ann McCarthy
Created: 31 August 2011, Last modified: 11 May 2018