UnitingCare Queensland Records are the records of children's residential institutions run by the Uniting Church in Queensland and some former Presbyterian Church of Queensland, Methodist Church of Queensland and Congregational Church of Queensland children's Homes. The collection does not include client files, which UnitingCare Queensland transferred to the custody of the Queensland Government as required by legislation. The collection does have information about some former residents of children's Homes, in records such as admission registers, day books, admission forms, correspondence, photos, newsletters and other miscellaneous documents. The earliest records date from 1910.
Former residents wishing to inquire about their records should contact UnitingCare Queensland so that an individualised search can be undertaken. Access to some records in this collection may be restricted to protect personal or private information. Requests to access records must be made in writing and personal identification will be required to establish the right to information. There will be no cost to former residents for copies of records provided.
Records held by UnitingCare Queensland include admission registers, day books, admission forms, correspondence, photos, newsletters and other miscellaneous documents. Client files have been returned to the Queensland Government as required by legislation.
The records held by UnitingCare Queensland are patchy and records are not held from all former children's Homes run by Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational Churches of Queensland or Uniting Church.
UnitingCare Queensland received a Records Access Documentation Grant in 2017 to survey the records in this collection and identify information about former residents.
Please note that UnitingCare Queensland holds more records than the series details provided below and is undertaking ongoing cataloguing work on this collection to identify records relating to children's Homes and former residents.
Admission Registers, 1969-1991 (incomplete)
The information contained in these records varies but may include name, date of birth, date of admission, date of departure and name of children's home. These records are not complete for Homes listed below. Additional records may be located as detailed cataloguing of records is undertaken.
Day Books, 1987-1996 (incomplete)
The information contained in these volumes includes a daily account of the activities of residents. These records are not complete for Homes listed below. Additional records may be located as detailed cataloguing of records is undertaken.
Where children's homes were established by former Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches additional records may be held by the administration offices of those Churches. Some records for these Homes are also held by the State Library of Queensland.
Sources used to compile this entry: 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.
Prepared by: Lee Butterworth and Nicola Laurent
Created: 10 June 2014, Last modified: 11 August 2017