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New South Wales - Archival Collection

Records of Red Cross Children's Homes (1918? - 1990)


Records of Red Cross Children's Homes relate to Homes run by the Junior Red Cross around Australia. Part of the Junior Red Cross's peacetime programs were funding Children's Homes for the temporary care of children of Australian servicemen, needing a holiday or to convalesce from an illness.


Access Conditions

Email the archivist to apply for access to records about someone who spent time in a Red Cross children's Home.

All applications are treated as requests for access to personal information under the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988.


The Australian Red Cross has a webpage with some details of the records it holds relating to children's Homes. Unfortunately few records remain for many of its children's Homes. The Red Cross provides these details about the records relating to these Homes in its custody:

Berida Junior Red Cross Home, Bowral: "A few photographs of the house and grounds only".

Eleanor Mackinnon Memorial Home, Cronulla: "Patchy client records".

Glen Mervyn Junior Red Cross Home, Randwick: "Patchy records to 1993. Some staff records and fuller records for children."

Lady Lawley Cottage by the Sea: "Recent records for children available".

Please note that there are records about Red Cross Children's Homes held by other institutions.

The State Library of South Australia has records relating to Homes in that state.

In 2014, the Australian Red Cross made a Centenary Gift to the Nation, donating records to the University of Melbourne Archives. Another collection of records was deposited at the State Library of New South Wales, including records relating to Red Cross children's Homes in NSW.

There are also records of the Red Cross at the University of Melbourne Archives.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry & Cate O'Neill