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New South Wales - Archival Series

Registers of Inmates (1852 - 1915)

Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children

June 1852
August 1915
Reference No
Legal Status
State Records Authority of New South Wales Series Number

The Registers of Inmates record details of children admitted into the asylums managed by the Society for the Relief of Destitute Children. The information in the registers varies. The earlier entries, from the 19th century, record: name and age of child; date of admission; religion of parents; reason for admission; and discharge details including date, child's age, and to whom discharged (e.g. parents, apprenticed out, deceased, etc). The entries for the twentieth century record: name, age and religion of child; date of admission and discharge; whether vaccinated or not; whether baptised or not; and details of discharge (e.g. where and to whom discharged, age, etc.).


Access Conditions

These records are Open access. To access these records please contact State Archives NSW.

Information from this register has been included in the Child Care and Protection Index (published by State Archives NSW), and is available online.


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children', in Museums of History NSW website, Museums of History NSW,; 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