The Anglicare Children's Homes, Foster Care and Out-of-Home Care Records collection includes records from the Church of England Children's Homes, Home Mission Society and Charlton Homes, as well as some records relating to group homes and foster care. The collection dates from approximately 1932.
Access to information contained in these records is restricted to ex-clients, or to a member of an ex-client's family providing they have the written permission of that person. Before information is given out it is checked for anything which may cause distress and if necessary a counsellor is called in. People applying to get access to information must provide proof of identity.
The records generally contain:
The Anglican (or Church of England) Diocese of Sydney developed and supported a number of committees that ran children's homes and programmes in the Sydney metropolitan area from the late nineteenth century until the present.
The main committees running children's homes with the support of the Anglican Diocese were Church of England Homes and the Anglican Home Mission Society. The Anglican Home Mission Society changed its name to Anglicare in 1997. Anglicare Welfare Services was part of Anglicare, as were organisations such as Charlton Youth Services, Care Force and Carramar Adoption Agency.
When Homes and services operated by these committees and organisations closed, the records were sent to Anglicare Child Youth and Family Services (formerly Care Force), as were adoption records.
Anglicare Child Youth and Family Services became Anglicare Out-of-Home Care Services in 2008. In 2013 Anglicare Out-of-Home Care Services received a Commonwealth Government grant to create an alphabetical index in a database of all children in residential care between the 1930s and 1980s.
In 2017, Anglicare received a Records Access Documentation Grant to improve access to approximately 600 unsorted photographs within its collection. Anglicare now has more information about these records, and is conducting ongoing work to catalogue and create digital copies of these photographs.
Havilah Little Children's Home Normanhurst and Carlingford - approximately 200-250 photos have been catalogued and scanned.
Boys' Homes Carlingford photographs - approximately 180 photographs have been catalogued and scanned. They include images of:
Sources used to compile this entry: Annual report of the Home Mission Society of the Diocese of Sydney, Home Mission Society (NSW), 1912-1971; 'Control of Church Homes: Bishop Hilliard's Comment', The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 September 1945, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/17952158; Anderson, Donald George, 'The bishop's society, 1856 to 1958: a history of the Sydney Anglican Home Mission Society', Department of History and Politics, University of Wollongong, PhD thesis, 1990. Also available at http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/1440/; Annual Report, Church of England Homes, c1908-1984; Church of England Homes (ed.), The Pleader: The organ of the Church of England Homes, 1916-1972, 8 pp; 'The New Charlton: "Milleewa Changes Hands"', Home Mission Society Action, no. 5, December 1966; 'The Pulpit: Home Missions', The Sydney Morning Herald, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/18004930; 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, https://insideblog.nma.gov.au/2011/02/11/connecting-kin/; This entry has been updated with information received from the record holders as part of the Records Access Documentation grants. The source documents are held in the eScholarship Research Centre files at the University of Melbourne; Correspondence with the staff of Anglicare Out-of-Home Care Services, 2011-2014.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry and Rachel Tropea
Created: 8 November 2013, Last modified: 14 August 2017