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This is a guide to looking for records from children’s Homes, institutions and reformatories run by the Salvation Army. These records date back to the 19th century and continue up until around the 1980s, when these institutions were closed.
Please be aware that if you were a state ward and spent time in a Salvation Army Home, there may be more records about your time at a Salvation Army Home on your ward file. These ward records are not held by the Salvation Army, they are held by the state government. For more information about applying for ward records, please see ‘Where to Start’.
Please note that more recent records (created since around the 1980s) of out-of-home care services run by the Salvation Army are likely to be held by current Salvation Army services, not by the Territorial Headquarters.
The Salvation Army Australia has two autonomous territories: the Eastern Territory and the Southern Territory. Any records about children’s Homes and institutions run by the Salvation Army will be held in one of these two territories – when you are looking for Salvation Army records it is important to contact the relevant Salvation Army Territory.
Contact the Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory about records relating to children’s Homes in:
The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory holds records of the children’s Homes that operated in New South Wales and Queensland. If you want to apply for access to any of these records, contact them by email:
Historical Records Researcher
Office hours: Weekdays 9am to 5pm
Phone: 02 9466 3248
Contact the Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory about records relating to children’s Homes in:
The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory Territorial Headquarters (located in Blackburn, Victoria) holds records of the children’s Homes that operated in Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.
If you want to apply for access to any of these records, contact:
Social Programme Department
Salvation Army Australian Southern Territory – Territorial Headquarters
95-99 Railway Road, Blackburn
PO Box 479, Blackburn VIC 3130
Phone: 03 8878 4777
Fax: 03 8878 4838
The Salvation Army also operates heritage centres. These centres do not hold personal records, but they often have historical material that may be of interest, including photos, War Cry [the Salvation Army newspaper] articles, and Salvation Army memorabilia.
Heritage Centre – Sydney
120 Kingland Road, Bexley North NSW 2207
PO Box 226 Bexley North NSW 2207
Phone: 02 9502 0424
Fax: 02 9554 9204
The Southern Territory has Salvation Army heritage centres in Melbourne and in Perth. The South Australian Heritage Centre has closed and some of its material is now at the Melbourne Heritage Centre.
Lindsay Cox, Archivist
The Salvation Army Archives and Museum – Australia Southern Territory
69 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
PO Box 18185 Collins Street East, Melbourne VIC 8003
Phone: 03 9639 3618
Fax: 03 9639 3618
Major Dennis L. Dell, Director
Salvation Army Heritage Museum WA
Level 3, 333 William Street
Northbridge WA 6003
PO Box 8498, Perth BC, WA 6849
Phone: 08 9260 9500 (Tuesdays)