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New South Wales - Archival Series

Admission Books (1929 - 1968)

Croagh Patrick Orphanage

Reference No
Series 006
Legal Status
ISMAPNG Archives Series Number

Admission Books is a series of records from Croagh Patrick Orphanage, Orange (Boys' Home). The series is made up of 3 volumes covering the period from 1929 to 1968.


Access Conditions

Application for access must be made, in writing, to the Archivist, providing personal identification documents to establish the right to access information. Physical access to the records is not permitted due to their fragility and the need to protect the confidentiality of information concerning other persons. Information will be forwarded by mail.


The Admission Books are managed by the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG). ISMAPNG formed out of the consolidation of 14 of the 17 congregations of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia, and from the region of Papua New Guinea. This included the Bathurst Congregation, which ran the Croagh Patrick Orphanage from 1969 until it closed down in 1982. Prior to 1969, the Croagh Patrick Orphanage was run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, and was known as the Croagh Patrick Home.

The first two volumes in this Series contain handwritten entries giving details of children admitted to the orphanage from 1929 to 1960. Volume 1 contains Date of Admission, Name, Date and Place of Birth, Parental details, By whom recommended, Date of Discharge. Volume 2 contains Name, Date of Birth, Date of Admission and Date of Discharge. Volume 3 covers the period 1961 to 1968 and contains handwritten completion of Catholic Welfare Bureau Admission Forms. Information contained therein includes Particulars of Parents, Particulars of Children, Medical information, and a Declaration signed by Parent or Guardian regarding Child Endowment.

Sources used to compile this entry: Document received from ISMAPNG Archives in June 2013, 'Information for Find & Connect Website - Records Access Documentation Project, ISMAPNG Archives, Bathurst'. Email from Lachie Douglas (Lanterns) on 3 November 2016.

Prepared by: Elizabeth Daniels