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South Australia - Archival Series

Admission Register St Joseph's Orphanage, Largs Bay (1906 - 1980)


This Admission Register contains records of children who were admitted to St Joseph's Orphanage in Largs Bay (from 1969, St Joseph's Children's Home). An entry in this Register typically contains information about a child's name, date of birth, parents and dates of admission and discharge.


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The Register begins with an alphabetical list of names with page references. A number of pages follow with information on 'first communion', baptisms and confirmations, 1906-1940s. Alphabetical listings of names and details in letter tabbed sections follow.

The ledger is then divided into columns over two pages. Left hand page (date at top): (1) Number, (2) Child's name, (3) Age/Date of birth,(4) Male, (5) Female, (6) Date of Admission, (7) Date of Leaving. Right hand page: (8) Parent's name, (9) Address, (10) Religion, (11) Remarks. Notes on contents - Different handwriting indicates different record keeper. Amount and type of information dependent on record keeper. Date range runs 1906-1958 then gap of missing pages (p.133-143). Entries begin again 1969. Two loose pages at back titled 'Record of parents and children's ages 1925' give admission date, family name, father's and mother's names, children's names and birth dates, address. (4&5) Male/Female: In 1943 M and F columns changed to Place of birth and Religion respectively. (8) Parent's names often absent in earlier years. Later entries have more information. (10) Religion from 1950s also includes 'Sacraments'. (11) Remarks include: discharge from home - who with, when and where to; whether parents are alive or dead; baptism; holidays; readmissions and transfers to other homes; character and other information re parents; circumstances of child's admission; adoption or fostering of child; health of child. Only one 1950s entry identified as Aboriginal. Not all entries have remarks.

Quantity: 1 ledger


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005,

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George