The file Child Migration - Methodist Children's Home, mainly contains correspondence between the Methodist Children's Homes, the Children's Welfare and Public Relief Department and the Commonwealth Department of Immigration.
Under the Archives Act 1983, most Commonwealth records in the open access period are available for public access. The open access period is 20 years after the date of the creation of the record. Some records are subject to exemption for various reasons. Care leavers and other researchers need to apply for access to records if they are not already open. The National Archives website provides further information about access.
The letters relate to applications by the Homes for providing care for Child Migrants and correspondence about subsidies and other funding. The file includes reports on the facilities at the Homes and policies in relation to care and aftercare of children. Some documents include the names of Child Migrants, dates of birth and details of their arrival in South Australia.
This file also contains references to the St Vincent De Paul Orphanage at Goodwood which also accepted migrant children.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 3 October 2012, Last modified: 9 December 2014