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New South Wales - Archival Collection

Anglicare Children's Homes, Foster Care and Out-of-Home Care Records (1932 - 2010s)

From
1932
To
2010s

The Anglicare Children's Homes, Foster Care and Out-of-Home Care Records collection includes records from the Church of England Homes and Sydney Anglican Home Mission Society, as well as some records relating to group homes and foster care. The collection also includes records from some Homes not operated by Anglicare, Church of England Homes or Sydney Anglican Home Mission Society. The collection dates from 1920s to 2010s.

Details

Access Conditions

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. Support can be provided to people as they access their records. People applying to get access to information must provide proof of identity.

Records

The records for each individual generally contain:

  • Admission and discharge information, including: child's name; admission dates; parents' names, occupations, income and residential addresses; siblings' names; child's health; religion; immunisation details; name and address of individual who admitted child; discharge dates
  • Maintenance records and letters regarding financial contributions from parents
  • Occasionally, school reports, baptism certificates and other original items relating to the person in care
  • File notes can vary significantly between Homes but generally discuss key events at the Homes including hospital admissions and holiday arrangements.

In addition the general Anglicare collection includes:

  • Newsletters and annual reports
  • Several volumes of old registers from various Homes
  • Photographs ranging in time from 1920's to 1980's, featuring buildings, some staff and some residents (see below for more information).

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 2010s.

The main committees running children's homes with the support of the Anglican Diocese were Church of England Homes and the Sydney Anglican Home Mission Society. The Sydney Anglican Home Mission Society changed its name to Anglicare in 1997.

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). Anglicare Child Youth and Family Services became Anglicare Out-of-Home Care Services in 2008.

In addition, there are some records and photographs in the Anglicare collection that relate to Homes that Church of England Homes and Sydney Anglican Home Mission Society did not operate. These Homes include the New South Wales Protestant Federation Children's Home at Dulwich Hill, and Cooinoo Children's Home at Enfield. Anglicare did not operate NSW Protestant Federation Children's Home or Cooinoo Children's Home, but when the Homes closed in the 1970s the remaining children were transferred to Church of England Homes at Carlingford; some records were also transferred to Church of England Homes, and are now held at Anglicare.

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.

Photographs

In 2017 and 2019, Anglicare received Records Access Documentation Grants to improve access to approximately 1800 unsorted photographs within its collection. These photographs were of buildings, children and staff.

Anglicare has now created digital copies of these photographs and sorted them according to location and date, as accurately as possible given the limited information available. Some children in these photographs have been identified by name. Most of these photographs relate to the Church of England Homes at Carlingford, Charlton Boys' Homes and various Group Homes.

Photographic materials from 1920 to the 1970s were generally created for publicity and fundraising purposes. They include photographs and slides of buildings, special events, holidays, individual children, groups of children and everyday operations of the Homes.

Photographic materials from the 1980s were generally created for internal use of the Homes, and for the life story work of each child. Some of the materials were created for publicity. They include photographs and slides of buildings, special events, individual children, groups of children, outings, holidays and everyday operations of the Homes.

Is Held By

Related Organisations

Publications

Journals

  • Church of England Homes (ed.), The Pleader: The organ of the Church of England Homes, 1916-1972, 8 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'The New Charlton: "Milleewa Changes Hands"', Home Mission Society Action, no. 5, December 1966. Details

Reports

  • Annual report of the Home Mission Society of the Diocese of Sydney, Home Mission Society (NSW), 1912-1971. Details
  • Annual Report, Church of England Homes, c1908-1984. Details

Theses

  • 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/. Details

Online Resources

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 at the University of Melbourne; Correspondence with the staff of Anglicare Out-of-Home Care Services, 2011-2014; Correspondence with Anglicare staff in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Prepared by: Nicola Laurent