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New South Wales - Archival Collection

Records relating to State Wards (1881 - )

New South Wales


The New South Wales government Department of Family and Community Services has a collection of Records relating to State Wards. Note that other records relating to State Wards are held by the State Records Authority of New South Wales.


Access Conditions

Access to these records is restricted. People wishing to access these records should contact the Care Leavers Records Access Unit within the Department of Family and Community Services.

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  • Lark, Susan, Index to children in the care of the State Children's Relief Department as of 05 April, 1883, Australian Geneaological Education Centre, Kiama, 2002. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Are you a former ward of NSW?', Department of Community Services, New South Wales Department of Community Services, 2001,; 'Child Care and Protection Guide', in Museums of History NSW website, Museums of History NSW,; 'Child Care and Protection Index 1817-1942', in Museums of History NSW website, Museums of History NSW,

Prepared by: Leanne Howard