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South Australia - Archival Series

Register of Admissions to the Methodist Home, Largs Bay (1905 - 1976)

  • Register of Admissions to the Methodist Home, Largs Bay

    Register of Admissions to the Methodist Home, Largs Bay, 2012, by George, Gary, courtesy of Gary George.


The Register of Admissions to the Methodist Home, Largs Bay contains records of children who were admitted to the Methodist Home for Children (1905-1923), Methodist Children's Homes (1924-1960) and Lentara (1960-1977). 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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Left hand page: (1) Number, (2) Name, (3) Age, (4) Date of birth, (5) Last place of residence, (6) What relative in the state, where living, earnings, occupation. Right hand page: (7) Court of committal, (8) Reasons for admission, (9) Date of admission, (10) Date of leaving, (11) Where gone to. Notes on contents - Changes in handwriting indicate different record keepers. Amount of information depends on record keeper. Pages 1-32 cover 1905-1965. At page 33 the title at the top of the page changes to '1921 Boys Home' and numbers start from 1 again. Page 28 includes information about children from Croker Island Mission. (5) Last place of residence entries can include the name(s) of other homes from which child has been transferred. (6) What relative: Parent's names are given if available. Also records whether parents are living or dead and gives information on their personal and employment situations. In rare cases, the entry identifies parent(s) as 'Aboriginal'. (7) Court of committal gives Department reference number. Sometimes records duration of admission such as 'until things are settled', 'for 9 months' 'until such time as mother can provide a home' or 'indefinite'. (8) Reasons for admission: Sometimes gives reasons and sometimes records parents' maintenance payments. Information about adoption sometimes provided. Very occasionally an indication of 'Aboriginality' is given. (11) Where gone to: sometimes gives names of foster parents or location, or records when a child was returned to parents or to the Welfare Department. Includes information about transfers to other institutions such as Tanderra.

Quantity: 1 ledger

The Methodist Church homes were run by the Adelaide Central Methodist Mission, now known as Uniting Communities. Records are held at the Uniting Communities

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Register of Admissions to the Methodist Home, Largs Bay
Register of Admissions to the Methodist Home, Largs Bay
George, Gary
Gary George


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