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Receiving Agency
Receiving Agency was the name given to the organisation named as the ‘custodian’ of children who were sent to Australia as migrants from the United Kingdom or Malta. The term is used mostly for post-World War Two migration, but includes some organisations that were responsible for children who came earlier in the century.
Anglican Church of Australia (1788 - )
Burton Hall Training Farm (1950? - 1967?)
Dhurringile Rural Training Farm (1951 - 1964)
Methodist Church (c. 1851 - 1977)
Methodist Homes for Children (1891 - c. 1953)
Nazareth House, Camberwell (1929 - 1975)
Northcote Farm School (1937 - 1979)
Presbyterian Church of Victoria (c. 1838 - )
Sisters of Nazareth (c. 1920 - )
St John's Homes for Boys (c. 1924 - 1958)
Young Christian Workers Movement (c. 1941 - )
Receiving Home
The term Receiving Home refers to an institution designed to provide short term 'care' for children before they were sent to a longer term placement (for example, placed in foster care, at a children's home or a farm school). In Tasmania, this type of institution approximated the size and form of an average family home. Receiving Homes in other states could be large institutions. Sometimes children spent long periods in a Receiving Home when suitable placements could not be found for them. Children also would return to a Receiving Home after a placement broke down.
Kildonan, Burwood (1937 - c. 1961)
Royal Park Depot (c. 1880 - 1955)
Royal Park Industrial School (1875 - c. 1887)
St Joseph's Receiving Home (1902 - 1985)
Young Christian Workers' Movement Hostel (1948 - 1955)
Reception Centre
A Reception Centre was an institution designed to provide short term 'care' for children before they were sent to a longer term placement (typically a foster home). Children in Reception Centres often went through a process of 'classification' before being placed. The term came into use around the 1950s. Children would return to a Reception Centre after a foster care or institutional placement broke down.
Allambie Reception Centre (1961 - 1990)
Ballarat Reception Centre (1961 - 1982?)
Baltara Reception Centre (1968 - c. 1992)
Bendigo Reception Centre (1965 - 1966)
Kildonan Admission Centre (c. 1960 - 1982)
Miralee Reception Centre (1963 - 1986?)
Royal Park Depot (c. 1880 - 1955)
Turana (1955 - 1993)
Winlaton (1956 - c. 1991)
Records Access Service
A Records Service is an organisation, or part of an organisation, which helps people find and locate records that contain information about them and their time in 'care'.
Adoption and Family Records Service (c. 1984 - 2010), Department of Human Services
Adoption Information Service (1984 - ), Uniting - Connections
Anglican Diocese of Ballarat (c. 1863 - )
Anglicare Victoria (1997 - )
Ballarat Health Services (1997 - )
Barwon Child, Youth & Family (2015 - )
bestchance Child Family Care (2006 - )
Bethany Community Support (1977 - )
Care Leavers Australia Network (2000 - )
Carry On Club of Victoria (1932 - )
CatholicCare (2011 - )
Child and Family Services Ballarat (1998 - )
Child Migrants Trust (1987 - )
Children's Protection Society (1971 - )
Connections UnitingCare (2000 - 2017)
Corporate Integrity, Information and Resolutions Unit (2010? - 2013), Department of Human Services
Cottage By The Sea Queenscliff Inc (1890 - )
Family Information, Networks and Discovery (2010 - ), Department of Health & Human Services
Good Shepherd Archive (1983 - )
Good Shepherd Archive collection of records of provision of residential care in Victoria (1863 - c. 1981)
Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services (1976 - 2014)
Heritage and Background Information Service, Berry Street
Heritage and Information Service (1997 - ), MacKillop Family Services
Heritage Centre (2000 - ), Child and Family Services Ballarat
Heritage Service, Melbourne City Mission
Kildonan UnitingCare (2007 - 2016)
Koorie Records Unit (c. 2001 - ), Public Record Office Victoria
Lentara UnitingCare (2012 - 2016)
Melbourne Legacy (1923 - )
Menzies Inc. (2000 - )
National Archives of Australia (1998 - )
National Library of Australia (1960 - )
Open Place: Support Service for Victoria's Forgotten Australians (2010 - )
Orana Family Services (1988 - 2011)
OzChild (1993 - )
Public Record Office Victoria (1973 - )
Royal Melbourne Hospital Archives (1935? - )
Royal Melbourne Hospital Health Sciences Library (1999 - )
The Salvation Army (Southern Territory) (1882 - )
The Salvation Army Southern Territory Archives & Museum (2000? - )
The Salvation Army Westcare (c. 1980 - )
Sisters of Nazareth (c. 1920 - )
State Library of Victoria (1854 - )
Uniting - Connections (2017 - )
The Uniting Church in Australia Archives (Victoria) (1977 - )
Uniting Heritage Service (2016 - )
Victorian Archives Centre, Public Record Office Victoria
Wesley Mission Victoria (2010 - 2016)
Wimmera UnitingCare (2000 - 2016)
Records Holder
A Records Holder is an organisation, family or person which holds records.
Anglican Diocese of Ballarat (c. 1863 - )
Anglicare Victoria (1997 - )
Ballarat Health Services (1997 - )
Barwon Child, Youth & Family (2015 - )
Berry Street (1994 - )
bestchance Child Family Care (2006 - )
Bethany Community Support (1977 - )
Carry On Club of Victoria (1932 - )
CatholicCare (2011 - )
Central Highlands Regional Library
Child and Family Services Ballarat (1998 - )
Children's Protection Society (1971 - )
Connections UnitingCare (2000 - 2017)
Cottage By The Sea Queenscliff Inc (1890 - )
Department of Health & Human Services (2015 - ), State Government of Victoria
Department of Human Services (1995 - 2014), State Government of Victoria
Geelong Heritage Centre
Good Shepherd Archive (1983 - )
Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services (1976 - 2014)
Heritage Service, Melbourne City Mission
Lentara UnitingCare (2012 - 2016)
MacKillop Family Services (1997 - )
Menzies Inc. (2000 - )
National Archives of Australia (1998 - )
National Library of Australia (1960 - )
Public Record Office Victoria (1973 - )
Royal Melbourne Hospital Archives (1935? - )
Royal Melbourne Hospital Health Sciences Library (1999 - )
The Salvation Army (Southern Territory) (1882 - )
The Salvation Army Southern Territory Archives & Museum (2000? - )
The Salvation Army Westcare (c. 1980 - )
Sisters of Nazareth (c. 1920 - )
Uniting - Connections (2017 - )
Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited (2016 - )
The Uniting Church in Australia Archives (Victoria) (1977 - )
University of Melbourne Archives (1960 - )
Wimmera UnitingCare (2000 - 2016)
Reformatory
The term Reformatory refers to a form of children's institution first promoted by the British nineteenth century child-reformer Mary Carpenter. They were originally intended as a means of separating children who had been convicted of criminal offences from the adult prisoner population. At times, children and young people have been accommodated in adult prisons. In Australia reformatories were used for children who were convicted of offences, but also for children who were, for a variety of reasons, judged as needing strong discipline. These institutions were also known as training schools and training institutions.
Ballarat Probationary School for Boys, Alfredton (1890 - 1892)
Bayswater Boys' Homes (1897 - 1986)
Brookside Private Reformatory for Protestant Girls (1887 - c. 1900)
Bukawert Reformatory School (1894 - 1899)
Convent of the Good Shepherd, Abbotsford (1863 - 1974)
Convent of the Good Shepherd, Oakleigh (1883 - 1981)
The 'Deborah' (1864 - 1873?)
Government Reformatory for Protestant Girls (1864? - 1893)
The Harbour (1898 - 1994)
Heathfield Homes Reformatory School for Protestant Boys (1905 - 1915)
Heidelberg Boys' Home (1893 - 1895)
Immigrants' Aid Society (1853 - c. 1902)
The 'John Murray' Training Ship (1910 - 1918)
Mintaro Reformatory Home for Girls (1903 - 1912)
Morning Star Boys' Home (c. 1936 - 1975)
Mount Paradise Reformatory for Boys, Pakenham (1896 - 1911?)
Olinda Farm Reformatory (1893 - c. 1900)
Padua Hall (1945 - 1960)
Pakenham Boys' Home (1895 - 1897)
Pakenham Girls' Reformatory (1897 - 1900)
Reformatory for Boys (1864 - 1893)
Riddells Creek Girls' Home (1900 - 1940)
Royal Park Depot (c. 1880 - 1955)
The 'Sir Harry Smith' (1865 - 1873)
Religious Order
The term Religious Order refers to a group composed of initiated people committed to a particular set of values within a Church – within Christianity this often refers to religious Brothers (monks) and Sisters (nuns).
Christian Brothers (1868 - )
Community of the Holy Name (1888 - )
Daughters of Divine Zeal (1959 - )
Franciscan Friars (1839 - )
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand (2008 - )
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (2011 - )
Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia (1981 - 2011)
Salesians of Don Bosco (1922 - )
Sisters of Mercy, Melbourne (1857 - 2011)
Sisters of Nazareth (c. 1920 - )
Sisters of Sion (c. 1890 - )
Sisters of St Joseph (1890 - )
Sisters of the Good Shepherd (1863 - 2008)
Sisters of the Resurrection (1891 - )
St John of God Brothers (1947 - )
Residential Care
The term Residential Care refers to models of out-of-home care that emerged from around the 1980s, including Residential Units. Residential Care is different to Home-Based Care (such as foster care or kinship care). Residential Units are usually run by Community Service Organisations or Non-Government Organisations.
Barwon Association for Youth Support and Accommodation (1981 - 2006)
Barwon Child, Youth & Family (2015 - )
Barwon Youth (2006 - 2015)
Glastonbury Community Services (2011 - 2015)
Lismore House (c. 1982 - 1995)
Menzies Inc. (2000 - )
Wahroonga Hostel (1995 - 2000)