Appendix 5

Appendix 5

Information about and access to records of former child migrants

Commonwealth Government

National Archives of Australia

The National Archives of Australia holds many records which provide information of interest to former child migrants. The records include:

Archives records relating to individual child and youth migrants are essentially those concerned with their entry into Australia rather than the day-to-day care once they had arrived. Archives also holds a number of policy and administrative files which contain lists of names and other details of individual child or youth migrants. In some instances these may provide important material for genealogical research.

The Archives’ Research Guide - Good British Stock: Child and Youth Migration to Australia - provides details of the relevant records (not only those of British children, but also files relating to Maltese children and those migrated through the Polish Jewish Relief Fund) held by the Archives, as well as a guide to other genealogical sources.

The Guide is available from the Archives or can be accessed at:

http://www.naa.gov.au/Publications/Research_Guides/Child_Migration/child_migration.html

Contact: National Archives of Australia

Queen Victoria Terrace

PARKES ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6212 3600

Fax: (02) 6212 3699

e-mail: archives@naa.gov.au

website: http://www.naa.gov.au

National Archives of Australia Sydney

120 Miller Street

CHESTER HILL NSW 2162

Phone: (02) 9645 0110

http://www.naa.gov.au/publications/fact_sheets/fs147.html

National Archives of Australia Brisbane

996 Wynnum Road

CANNON HILL QLD 4000

Phone: 1300 886 881

National Archives of Australia Adelaide

11-13 Derlanger Ave

COLLINSWOOD SA 5081

Phone: (08) 8269 0121

Holds selected documents on most child migrants who came to South Australia, found in series D1989 under the name of the vessel of arrival.

National Archives of Australia Hobart

4 Rosny Hill Road

ROSNY PARK TAS 7018

Phone: (03) 6244 0101

National Archives of Australia Melbourne

Casselden Place

2 Lonsdale Street

MELBOURNE VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 9285 7999

Holds the selection documents for most child migrants to Victoria, located in series B4061 under the name of the vessel of arrival.

National Archives of Australia Perth

384 Berwick Street

EAST VICTORIA PARK WA 6101

Phone: (08) 9470 7500

Holds individual files of most post-war child migrants to WA, copies of passengers lists nominal roles & administration files.

National Library of Australia

The National Library holds microfilm records pertaining to the Fairbridge Society (Microfilm no.1841-1845), the Dreadnought Trust (Microfilm no.N120) and the Big Brother Movement (Microfilm no.196).

Contact: National Library of Australia

Parkes Place

CANBERRA ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6262 1111

e-mail: www@nla.gov.au

Website: http://www.nla.gov.au

State Governments

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Family Information Records Bureau

WA Former Child Migrant Referral Index

The Department for Family and Children’s Services has, in conjunction with Western Australian receiving agencies, established as index of former child migrants to Western Australia. The Western Australian Former Child Migrant Referral Index identifies all former child migrants who came to Western Australia from the UK and Malta from 1913 to 1968. There are 2,941 former child migrants listed on the index, which acts as a signposting service and contains the following information: name; alias; date of birth; date of arrival; ship; placement; and location of records. The Index also includes information from the UK, when available, including the sending agency and location and where any relevant records may be held.

Contact: Family Information Records Bureau

Family and Children’s Services of Western Australia

PO Box 6334

EAST PERTH WA 6892

Free call: 1800 000 277

Library and Information Services of Western Australia

JS Battye Library of West Australian History

State Records Office of Western Australia

Library and Information Services of Western Australia holds files from Fairbridge, Pinjarra. For information on access see listing under Fairbridge, Pinjarra. The Library also has some records pertaining to Swan Homes in microform (admission and discharge records, 1868-1960) and a collection of photographs of Seaforth Boys’ Home in Gosnells, 1929-1931.

The State Records Office holds records from the former Child Welfare Department, Immigration Department and Department of Lands and Surveys, Premier’s Department and Crown Law Department which provides information of interest to child migrants, including some inspection reports of the homes.

Access to records of the former Child Welfare Department which contain client information is restricted. Permission from the Department for Family & Children’s Services is required for viewing. Other records may also have access restrictions.

Contact: Alexander Library Building

Perth Cultural Centre

Francis Street

PERTH WA 6000

Phone: (08) 9427 3360

e-mail: info@liswa.wa.gov.au

Website: http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au

http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au/battye.html

http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au/staterecoff.html

NEW SOUTH WALES

NSW Department of Community Services

The Department of Community Services, under its Connecting Kin project, has produced a comprehensive guide to records to help people who were in institutional care search for their records. Connecting Kin contains extensive details of records of government and non-government agencies, where records are kept and how to access them. One section of the guide details government records pertaining to child migrants:

These files are held by the Sate Records Authority of NSW. Permission to view or copy records containing details or individuals or families must be sought from the Department of Community Services.

The Guide is available at: http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/document/ckguide2.pdf

The Department is also establishing a database based on its card index. The NSW Immigrants Index will list 3,860 child and youth migrants who arrived in NSW between 1947 and 1961. The Index will include names of sending/receiving agency, ship and date of arrival and name of parent (usually mother’s name). Records will also be microfiched. A review of pre-war files held by the Department is planned. A Website is also under construction.

The NSW Government has also funded ISS to provide tracing and counselling for NSW former child migrants.

Contact: Designated Official

Adoption Services Branch

Phone: (02) 9865 5906

State Library of NSW

The State Library may hold records of interest to former child migrants. The Library’s website has links to major research resources for tracing family history in the UK.

Contact: State Library of NSW

State Reference Library

Macquarie Street

SYDNEY NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 9273 1313

E-mail: srl@slnsw.gov.au

Website: http://www.slnsw.gov.au

VICTORIA

The Department of Human Services

Adoption Information Service and Archival Services

The Department of Human Services provides the following support to all Victorian former child migrants:

This service is located within the Adoption Information Service.

Archival Services has processed all relevant Victorian Government records into sequential order by policy file/client name. All client names have been entered into the Archival Services database to enable quick retrieval and matching to boxed records.

The Adoption Information Service will help former child migrants apply under the Freedom of Information Act for access to their Departmental files. If these records show that a person was placed with a specific non-government organisation, Archival Services can contact that organisation, on behalf of the former child migrant, to assist in locating any relevant records held by that organisation. This support is offered on a case by case basis. No Freedom of Information fees apply.

Contact: The Duty Worker

Adoption Information Services

16th Floor

Transport House

589 Collins Street

MELBOURNE VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 9616 2822

Public Record Office of Victoria

The Public Record Office of Victoria holds relevant files at the Laverton Search Centre. The records include Child Migration files, 1924-70 and Children’s Overseas Reception Boards files, 1940-46.

Access to the records may be provided by the controlling agency, the Department of Human Services.

Contact: Melbourne Archives Centre

Level 2, Casselden Place

2 Lonsdale Street

MELBOURNE VIC 3000

Phone: 1800 657 452

E-mail: ask.prov@dpc.vic.gov.au

Website: http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/main/MACopen.htm

State Library of Victoria

Contact: State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston Street

MELBOURNE VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 8664 7000

E-mail: webinfo@slv.vic.gov.au

Website: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au

QUEENSLAND

Department of Families, Youth and Community Care

The Department has produced a guide, Missing Pieces, which provides information about the records of departmental institutions and those operated by church and community groups. The guide provides a description of departmental files, location, access details and contact details. For each institution, both government and non-government, a brief historical summary is provided. Details of records and access and contact details are included.

The Department intends to update the guide as additional records are located.

The guide can be accessed on the Department’s website at: http://www.families.qld.gov.au/department/MissingPieces/index.html

Contact: Administrative Release Team

Freedom of Information Branch

Department of Families, Youth and Community Care

GPO Box 806

BRISBANE QLD 4001

Freecall: 1800 809 078

Fax: (07) 3224 7050

Website: http://www.families.qld.gov.au

Aftercare Resource Centre

Following the Forde Inquiry, the Department established a counselling and support service for former residents of Queensland Institutions. The Aftercare Resource Centre (ARC) provides face to face and toll free telephone counselling. ARC also provides advice regarding access to individual records, documents and archival papers.

Contact: Aftercare Resource Centre

32 Thomas Street

WEST END QLD 4101

Phone: (07) 3255 2848

Freecall: 1800 501 560

Fax: (07) 3255 2258

Queensland State Archives

The Queensland State Archives holds records from the Immigration Department, Premier’s Department and other Departments relating to child migration including escort reports and nominal roles for the voyages, orphanages and children’s homes.

Contact: Queensland State Archives

435 Compton Road

RUNCORN QLD 4113

Phone: (07) 3875 8755

website: http://www.archives.qld.gov.au

State Library of Queensland

Contact: State Library of Queensland

General Information and Research Services

Level 2, Southbank Building, Queensland Cultural Centre

Cnr Stanley and Peel Streets

SOUTH BRISBANE QLD 4101

Phone: (07) 3840 7666

E-mail: srlenquiries@slq.qld.gov.au

Website: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Department of Human Services

Adoption and Family Information Service

Individual Departmental files exist for most former child migrants. Access is provided through the Adoption and Family Information Service (AFIS). Support is available for those who wish to access the files. No fees are charged. AFIS has also developed a small collection of data and information about the British Child Migration Schemes.

The Department has purchased the Personal History Index (PHIND) as it contains records of child migrants to South Australia.

Contact: Adoption and Family Information Service

Department of Human Services

9th Floor, City Centre Building

11 Hindmarsh Square

ADELAIDE SA 5000

Phone: (08) 8226 6694

State Records of South Australia

Contact: State Records of South Australia

222 Marion Road

NETLEY SA 5037

Phone: (08) 8343 6800

E-mail: staterecords@saugov.sa.gov.au

Website: http://www.archives.sa.gov.au

Mortlock Library of South Australia

The Library holds copies of newspapers with stories and photographs of arrivals from the Ormonde.

Contact: State Library of South Australia

North Terrace

ADELAIDE SA 5000

Phone: (08) 8207 7250

Website: http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au

TASMANIA

Department of Health and Human Services

Child and Family Services can provide assistance for making Freedom of Information requests for access to files of the then Department of Social Welfare.

Contact: Child and Family Services

34 Davey Street

HOBART TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6230 7650

Freecall 1800 001 219

Website: http://www.dchs.tas.gov.au

Archives Office of Tasmania

The Archives Office holds records from the Department of Social Welfare and State Immigration Office relating to child migrants. The Archives also holds the records of the Fairbridge Home at Tresca House, Exeter, Northern Tasmania. A guide to the records and how to apply for access are provided on the Archives website.

Contact: The State Archivist

Archives Office of Tasmania

77 Murray Street

HOBART TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6233 7490

Website: http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/guides-to-holdings/guide5.htm

State Library of Tasmania

Contact: State Library of Tasmania

State Reference Service

2nd Floor, 91 Murray Street

HOBART TAS 2000

Phone: (03) 6233 7526

E-mail: library.srl@central.tased.edu.au

Website: http://www.tased.edu.au/library/library.htm

United Kingdom

Department of Health

The UK Department of Health has produced a leaflet called ‘Former British Child Migrants’. The leaflet provides information about the Support Fund for children who were migrated from institutional care in the UK under Government assisted schemes and how to access personal records. Details of the Central Information Index kept by the National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations (NCVCCO) (see also below) are provided as well as a list of agencies in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand which may be able to assist in accessing records.

Department’s website has an information guide for former child migrants. The guide includes a list of agencies which may be able to provide help in accessing records as well as links to some Sending Agencies and the Office of National Statistics.

Contact: Family Policy Co-ordinator

Room 121 Wellington House

Department of Health

133-155 Waterloo Road

LONDON SE1 8UG

Phone: 020 7972 4086

Website: http://www.doh.gov.uk/childinf.htm

Public Record Office

The Public Record Office holds records concerning child and youth migration. Some relevant records are listed in the National Archives Guide.

Contact: Public Records Office

Ruskin Ave

KEW, SURREY TW9 4DU

UNITED KINGDOM

Phone: +44 181 392 5200

E-mail: enquiry@pro.gov.uk

Website: www.pro.gov.uk

UK Family Records Online

This is a UK family history portal that guides users to resources on the web. It includes information from the Public Records Office, the National Archives of Scotland, the India Office, National Library of Wales and the Family Record Centre. Topical links include census, migration, military records, adoption and parish registers.

Contact: http://www.familyrecords.gov.uk

NEW ZEALAND

Children, Young Persons and their Families Agency (CYPFA)

The CYPFA holds a complete list of British children migrated to New Zealand and where they went after their arrival. It holds personal files related to individual child migrants for whom the Child Welfare Service of the then Department of Education acted as guardian.

Contact: Children, Young Persons and their Families Agency

PO Box 2620

WELLINGTON NZ

Phone: 918 9134

E-mail: stuartyoung002@dsw.govt.nz

Malta

Emigrants Commission

Contact: Emigrants Commission

Dar I-Emigrant

Castille Place

VALETTA

MALTA

Phone: 232 545

The Commission for Maltese Abroad

Contact: The Commission for Maltese Abroad

C/- Ministry for Education and Human Resources

FLORIANA CMR O2

MALTA

Phone: 231 385

National Archives of Malta

Holds some files relevant to child migrants. See the National Archives of Australia Guide.

Non-government organisations

AUSTRALIA

Child Migrants Trust (CMT)

The Child Migrants Trust provides assistance to child migrants to be reunited with living relatives. The Child Migrants Trust employs a specialist to assist family tracing and specialist social workers to provide counselling for former child migrants and their families making their first contact.

Contact: Child Migrants Trust

5 Thomas Street

NEDLANDS WA 6909

Phone: (08) 9386 3605

Fax: (08) 9386 3695

Child Migrants Trust

228 Canning Street

NORTH CARLTON VIC 3054

Phone: (03) 9347 7403

Fax: (03) 9347 1791

Child Migrants Trust

28A Musters Road

WEST BRIDGFORD

NOTTINGHAM NG2 7PL ENGLAND

Phone: (0115) 982 2811

Fax: (0115) 981 7168

Website: http://www.nottscc.gov.uk/child_migrants

International Social Services

Contact: International Social Services

Level 2, 313-315 Flinders Lane

MELBOURNE VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 9614 8755

Fax: (03) 9614 8766

International Social Services

Suite 2, Level 7

189 Kent Street

SYDNEY NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 9252 7477

Catholic Church

Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission (ACSWC)

The ACSWC has compiled a national directory of records of Catholic organisations caring for children separated from families. The directory, entitled ‘A Piece of the Story’, lists all known centres run by organisations of the Catholic Church across Australia that provided residential care for children outside the family. The directory provides, for each centre, contact details and information about access and the type of records available.

The directory may be accessed on the web at: http://www.catholicwelfare.com.au/about_us/index.htm

Western Australia

Personal History Index (PHIND)

The Personal History Index gives details of the location of records held in Australia for former child migrants who arrived and were placed in Catholic homes between 1938 and 1965. A child migrant for the Index is a child who migrated under a recognised scheme authorised by the Commonwealth and/or State Governments. In the post-war years, it covers those children who arrived under Immigration Form LEM3 which was specifically for child migrants. With some exceptions, PHIND does not include youths who migrated under Assisted Passages or under the Immigration Department’s Youth Migration category.

The PHIND was funded and sponsored by:

The information recorded on the database includes:

The guide to the PHIND also provides useful information on additional sources of information and the type of information available.

The database may be accessed by former child migrants and their families. Access can be gained through a number of agencies including C-BERS and the Catholic Migrant Centre.

Contact: The PHIND Administrator

C/- Christian Brothers

PO Box 1129

BENTLEY DELIVERY CENTRE WA 6983

Phone: (08) 9365 2800

E-mail: cbprov@iinet.net.au

Website: http://members.iinet.net.au/~cbprov/phind.htm

Christian Brothers’ Ex-Residents’ Services (C-BERS)

C-BERS can assist former child migrants of Christian Brothers’ schools in obtaining information about family members and in seeking documents relating to family of origin. C-BERS has links with Catholic sending agencies in the UK. A photographic collection is available for viewing. In addition, C-BERS provides counselling services, support to family members, reunification services, support for adult education and assistance with citizenship issues.

C-BERS has provided assistance with the development of the Personal History Index.

Contact: C-BERS Services

12 Alvan Street

SUBIACO WA 6904

Phone: (08) 9381 5422

Free call: 1800 621 805

E-mail: cberss@iinet.net.au

Catholic Migrant Centre

The Catholic Migrant Centre holds over 900 personal files relating to former child migrants between 1938 and 1965. Files vary considerably in the amount of information they contain. The Centre is licensed to access the Personal History Index.

Contact: Catholic Migrant Centre

25 Victoria Square

PERTH WA 6000

Phone: (08) 9221 1727

Fax: (08) 9221 3793

E-mail: cmc@opera.iinet.net.au

Tardun Farm School (also known as St Mary’s Agricultural School)

Castledare Junior Orphanage (also known as St Vincent’s Boys’ Home)

Clontarf Boys’ Orphanage (also known as St Joseph’s, Clontarf Boys’ Town

and formerly known as St Vincent’s Boys’ Orphanage)

St Joseph’s Farm and Trade School

Contact: The Archivist

Christian Brothers’ Holy Spirit Province

PO Box 1129

BENTLEY DELIVERY CENTRE WA 6983

Phone: (08) 9365 2813

E-mail: cbprov@iinet.net.au

Nazareth House, Bluff Point, Geraldton

Contact: Sister Superior

PO Box 3247

GERALDTON WA 6530

Phone: (08) 9923 1205

Fax: (08) 9923 2583

St Joseph’s Girls’ Orphanage, Subiaco

St Vincent’s Foundling Home

Contact: The Congregational Leader

Sisters of Mercy, Perth Congregation

PO Box 74

WEMBLEY WA 6014

Phone: (08) 9382 1477

Website: http://www.mercy.org.au

South Australia

St Vincent de Paul Orphanage, Goodwood

Contact:

For access to records

The Director

Centacare Catholic Family Services, Adelaide

33 Wakefield Street

ADELAIDE SA 5000

Phone: (08) 8210 8200

E-mail: cfs@centrecare.org.au

Sisters of Mercy - Adelaide

Congregation Office

34 Angas Street

ADELAIDE SW 5000

Phone: (08) 8212 5456

E-mail: somercy@iinet.net.au

Victoria

Nazareth House, East Camberwell

Contact: Sister Superior

Sisters of Nazareth

16 Cornell Street

CAMBERWELL VIC 3124

Phone: (03) 9830 5022

New South Wales

St Joseph’s Girls’ Home, Lane Cove, NSW

Contact:

For access to records:

The Archivist-in-Charge

Sisters of St Joseph

Congregational Administration Centre

PO Box 1508

NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059

Phone: (02) 9929 7344

Sisters of St Joseph

PO Box 1150

BURWOOD NORTH NSW 2134

Phone: (02) 9745 3444

Fax: (02) 9744 3040

E-mail: joswsw@werple.net.au

St John’s Orphanage (also known as St John’s Home), Thurgoona

Contact:

For access to records:

The Congregational Leader

Sisters of Mercy Congregational Centre

PO Box 221

GOULBURN NSW 2580

Phone: (02) 4822 2296

Mercy Centre Lavington

PO Box 440

LAVINGTON NSW 2641

Phone: (02) 6025 3869

E-mail: mercyctr@albury.com.au

St Brigid’s Girls’ Home, Ryde

Contact:

For access to records:

The Archivist

Convent of Mercy

PO Box 2012

NORTH PARRAMATTA NSW 2151

Phone: (02) 9630 1106

Catholic Children’s Home Enquiry Service

Centacare Catholic Community Services

9 Alexandra Ave

CROYDON NSW 2132

Phone: (02) 9744 7055

St Vincent’s Boys’ Home, Westmead

Contact: The Director

St Vincent’s

PO Box 49

WESTMEAD NSW 2145

Phone: (02) 9635 5699

Murray Dwyer Boys’ Home (formerly the Murray Dwyer Memorial Orphanage and Mayfield Home), Newcastle

Contact: The Director

Centracare Newcastle

PO Box 775

NEWCASTLE WEST NSW 2302

Phone: (02) 4979 1330

E-mail: chancery@mn.catholic.org.au

Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Archives

841 Hunter Street

NEWCASTLE NSW 2300

Phone: (02) 4979 1100

Queensland

St Joseph’s Home, Neerkol

Contact: Congregational Archivist

Mercy Administration Centre

PO Box 1576

ROCKHAMPTON QLD 4700

Phone: (07) 4931 7490

E-mail: jmolloy@a1.com.au roksom@a1.com.au

Contact: Sisters of Mercy, Nudgee

St Vincent’s Centre

125 Queens Road

NUDGEE QLD 4017

Phone: (07) 3267 7100

Tasmania

St John Bosco (also known as John Bosco Boys Town), Glenorchy

Contact: Father Provincial

PO Box 80

OAKLEIGH VIC 3166

Phone: (03) 9568 2025

Anglican Church

Western Australia

Swan Homes, Perth

Contact: Family Information Records Bureau

Family and Children’s Services of WA

PO Box 6334

EAST PERTH WA 6892

Phone: (08) 9222 2662

Free call: 1800 000277

Library and Information Services of Western Australia also holds some records for Swan Homes, including admission and discharge records 1868-1960.

New South Wales

Church of England Boys’ and Girls’ Homes, Carlingford

Contact: Anglicare Child and Family Services Offices

19A Gibbons Street

TELOPEA NSW 2117

Phone: (02) 9890 6855

Victoria

St John’s, Canterbury

Contact: Counsellor

Anglicare Adoption Information Service

Anglicare Western Victoria

41 Somerville Road

YARRAVILLE VIC 3013

Phone: (03) 9687 5200

Queensland

St George’s Children’s Home, Parkhurst, Rockhampton

Contact: The Registrar

Anglican Diocese of Rockhampton

164 Musgrave Street

NORTH ROCKHAMPTON QLD 4701

Phone: (07) 4927 3188

Tasmania

Clarendon Children’s Home, Kingston

Contact: The Director

Clarendon Children’s Home

8 Jerrim Place

KINGSTON BEACH TAS 7050

Phone: (03) 6229 5199

Uniting Church (formerly Methodist and Presbyterian)

Western Australia

Methodist Girls’ Home, Perth

Contact: Family Information Records Bureau

Family and Children’s Services of WA

PO Box 6334

EAST PERTH WA 6892

Phone: (08) 9222 2662

Free call: 1800 000 277

South Australia

Methodist Children’s Home, Magill (later known as Lentara)

Contact: General Manager of Services

Adelaide Central Mission

10 Pitt Street

ADELAIDE SA 5000

Phone: (08) 8202 5111

Victoria

Dhurringile Training Farm, Tatura

Contact: Uniting Care Connection

5/115 Hawthorn Road

CAULFIELD VIC 3162

Phone: (03) 9530 0666

Methodist Home, Cheltenham

Methodist Home for Children, Wattle Park

Contact: Orana Family Services

21-27 Hudson Cct

MEADOW HEIGHTS VIC 3048

Phone: (03) 9302 2700

Wesley Mission

Methodist Home for Children, ‘Dalmar’

Contact: Wesley Mission

Dalmar Child and Family Care

3 Dalmar Place

CARLINGFORD NSW 2118

Phone: (02) 9804 7255

United Protestant Association of New South Wales Ltd

Melrose, Pendle Hill

Contact: The General Manager

United Protestant Association of NSW Ltd

PO Box 273

WAHROONGA NSW 2076

Phone: (02) 9487 1337

E-mail: sydoffice@upa.org.au

Barnardos Australia

Dr Barnardos Farm School, Picton

Dr Barnardos Girls’ Home, Burwood

Dr Barnardos Boys’ & Girls’ Home, ‘Greenwood’, Normanhurst

Barnardos Australia maintains files in Australia of information on child migrants pertaining to their time after arrival in Australia. These files are open to access by former child migrants or their immediate next of kin and a copy is provided on request. Barnardos also has an extensive collection of photographs which contains a fairly complete photographic record of children going back to 1867.

The After Care Program services include counselling, record retrieval of Australian and UK records, copying of records, obtaining certificates, provision of proof of arrival letters and assistance with reunion applications and welfare support.

Contact: Barnardos Australia

After Care Services

60-64 Bay Street

ULTIMO NSW 2007

Phone: (02) 9281 7933

Fax: (02) 9281 0441

E-mail: barnardosafter-care@bigpond.com

Fairbridge Homes

Western Australia

Fairbridge, Pinjarra, WA

All historic Fairbridge records, reports and documentation are vested in the Library and Information Services of WA. A list of items held is available through the LISWA catalogue. Access may be made to Fairbridge WA (Inc) or the Old Fairbridgians Association for access to these records and for copies of any pertinent documents to be made available to child migrants or the immediate family of the child migrants. The Secretary of the OFA is the only person authorised to access the records. Proof of eligibility must be provided before access is approved.

Contact: Fairbridge Village

South West Highway, Pinjarra

PO Box 173

PINJARRA WA 6208

Phone: (08) 9531 1177

Fax: (08) 9531 1210

Website: http://www.fairbridge.asn.au

Family Information Records Bureau

Family and Children’s Services of WA

PO Box 6334

EAST PERTH WA 6892

Phone: (08) 9222 2662

Freecall: 1800 000 277

New South Wales

Fairbridge Farm School, Molong, New South Wales

The Farm School was closed in 1973. The personal files of the children who passed through the Farm School are in the custody of The Fairbridge Foundation, Sydney. Information includes personal details, and in some cases a Birth Certificate, where the child came from and information concerning of the activities of the child after coming to Australia. Information prior to this is usually limited to the address, where known, of the parent or parents at the time the child left the UK.

Access is limited to the Old Fairbridgian himself or herself. After the death of an Old Fairbridgian, his or her spouse and children can have access to genealogical and medical papers on his or her file. Access can be gained by application to The Fairbridge Foundation.

Contact: The Council Secretary

Fairbridge Foundation

Trust Building

155 King Street

SYDNEY NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 9232 3258

Tasmania

Tresca House, Exeter

The files from the Fairbridge Society Home at Exeter are deposited in the Archives Office of Tasmania.

Contact: The State Archivist

Archives Office of Tasmania

77 Murray Street

HOBART TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6233 7490

Website: http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/guides-to-holdings/guide5.htm

Victoria

Northcote Farm School, Glenmore, Bacchus Marsh, Victoria

Contact: Mr Peter Meryrick

Secretary/Treasurer

Northcote Trust

11 Hermestead Road

ELTHAM VIC 3095

Phone: (03) 9439 2339

Salvation Army

New South Wales

Contact: Special Search Service

Salvation Army Social Services Department

PO BOX A435

SYDNEY SOUTH NSW 1232

Phone: (02) 9211 2044

Freecall 1300 667 366

Queensland

Contact: Salvation Army Social Services Department

PO BOX A435

SYDNEY SOUTH NSW 1232

Phone: (02) 9211 2044

Feecall: 1300 667 366

Western Australia

Seaforth Boys Home

Contact: Family Information Records Bureau

Family and Children’s Services of WA

PO Box 6334

EAST PERTH WA 6892

Phone: (08) 9222 2662

Free call: 1800 000 277

The Library and Information Service of Western Australia also holds some records including a collection of photographs, 1929-1931.

Burnside

Burnside Homes

Contact: Aftercare Coordinator

Burnside

PO Box 6866

PARRAMATTA NSW 2150

UNITED KINGDOM

Child Migrants Trust

Contact: Child Migrants’ Trust

28A Musters Road

WEST BRIDGFORD

NOTTINGHAM NG2 7PL ENGLAND

Phone: (0115) 982 2811

Fax: (0115) 981 7168

National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations (NCVCCO)

As a result of the findings and recommendations of the House of Commons Select Committee report, the British Government announced that a computerised index to help former child migrants trace personal records would be created. NCVCCO maintains the database - the Child Migrant Index.

It contains basic information on child migrants taken from the records of known UK Sending Agencies for those child migrants who were sent to Australia, Canada and New Zealand on government assisted schemes between 1920 and the late 1960s. As at December 2000 the Index held details of 17,136 child migrants. Details have been provided by Barnardos, Fairbridge, Middlemore Homes, The Children’s Society (TCS), National Childrens Homes (NCH) and Catholic Children’s Welfare Council (CCWC). NCVCCO also holds the Western Australian Referral Index that contains the details of 2,949 child migrants who were sent to Western Australia.

NCVCCO acts as a ‘signposting service’ towards the Sending Agency which may hold personal records. NCVCCO also offers advice on where personal or private records may be held and where help and support is available.

NCVCCO’s home page provides a list of links to other organisations that may prove useful for former child migrants.

Contact: Child Migrant Central Information Index

NCVCCO

Unit 4, 80-82 White Lion Street

LONDON N1 9PF, UNITED KINGDOM

Phone: +44 20 7713 5937

E-mail: migrant@voluntarychild.org

Website: www.ncvcco.org/projects/childmigrant.htm

The Catholic Child Welfare Council (CCWC)

CCWC holds records centrally for many, but not all, Catholic child migrants sent to Australia. CCWC records held for each individual vary and may include migration papers, correspondence, brief details of reasons for migration, copies or originals of birth certificates/baptismal certificates, medical reports, school reports from the UK, progress reports on individual children from institutions in Australia.

Records may also be held by individual agencies or religious orders which looked after children in the UK. These records often contain very little information.

A database has been compiled on behalf of CCWC of all known former Catholic child migrants to Australia, containing both historical information and recent contact.

CCWC also provides assistance to former child migrants to access their own and other records and trace living family if possible. CCWC also provides support and counselling and in the UK.

Contact: St Joseph’s Centre

Watford Way

Hendon

LONDON NW4 4YT

Phone/fax 020 8203 6323

E-mail: ccwc@compuserve.com

Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster)

Contact: Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster)

73 St Charles Square

LONDON W10 6EJ

Phone: 0181 969 5305

E-mail: childcath@aol.uk

Father Hudson’s Society

Contact: Father Hudson’s Society

Coventry Road

COLESHILL

BIRMINGHAM UK B46 3ED

Phone: 01675 463 187

Nugent Care Society (Catholic Care Liverpool)

Contact: 150 Brownlow Hill

LIVERPOOL UK L35RF

Phone: 10151 708 0566

Barnardos UK

Barnardos After Care Service provides information about child’s background, help in tracing relatives and family reunions. For former child migrants living in Australia, files are compiles and sent directly to Barnardos Australia.

Original files have been destroyed but copies are on microfiche. There are also some records kept as volumes but some have been destroyed either through fire or pests.

Barnardos also holds 20,000 additional records of children emigrated by other agencies who are no longer in existence.

Contact: Barnardos After Care Centre

Tanners Lane

Barkingside

Ilford

ESSEX IG6 1QG

Phone: 020 8550 8822

E-mail: aftercare@barnardos.org.uk

Website: http://www.barnardos.org.uk

Fairbridge London

Historical records kept by the Fairbridge London are now lodged with the University of Liverpool Archive (see below).

Contact: Fairbridge

1 Westminster Bridge Road

LONDON WC1X 0JL

Phone: 020 7928 1704

Fax: 0202 7928 6016

E-mail: info@fairbridge.org.uk

The Children’s Society

Contac: The Children’s Society

Post Adoption and Counselling Research Project

91 Queen’s Road

PECKHAM

LONDON SE15 2EZ

Phone: 020 7732 9089

Fax: 020 7277 5760

E-mail: Julia.feast@the-childrens-society.org.uk

Website: http://www.the-childrens-society.org.uk

NCH Action for Children

NCH has appointed a Child Migrants Adviser. The Adviser is seeking to make contact with former child migrants sent to Australia by NCH.

Contact: NCH Action for Children

85 Highbury Park

LONDON N5 1UD

Phone: 020 7704 7094

Website: http://www.nchafc.org.uk

Quarrier’s Homes

Contact: Quarrier’s Childrens Village

Bridge of Weir

RENFREWSHIRE

SCOTLAND PA11 3SA

E-mail: enquiries@quarriers.org.net

Middlemore Homes

Contact: 55 Stevens Avenue

Bartley Green

BIRMINGHAM B32 3SD

Phone: 0121 427 2429

E-mail: Middlemore@yescomputers.co.uk

Family Care Society

Contact: Family Care Society

511 Ormeau Road

BELFAST BT7 3GS

Phone: 02890 691 133

The Salvation Army

Deals with requests from UK residents. Other requests should, in the first instance, be sent to Salvation Army tracing services in Sydney.

Contact: The Salvation Army

101 Newington Causeway

LONDON SE1 6BN

Phone: 020 7367 4840

Website: http://www.salvationarmyog.uk/familytracing

Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool

The Sydney Jones Library holds records of Barnardo’s Homes, the National Children’s Homes (now NCH Action for Children), the Fairbridge and Liverpool Sheltering Homes. A list of relevant records is given in the National Archives guide.

Contact: The Department of Special Collections and Archives

Sydney Jones Library

University of Liverpool

PO Box 123

LIVERPOOL L69 3DA

Phone: +44 151 794 2696

E-mail: archives@liv.ac.uk

Website: http://sca.lib.liv.ac.uk/collections/socialwork/home.htm

New Zealand

British Child Migrants Society (NZ) Inc

The Society represents former child migrants in New Zealand and will act as an intermediary with the Children, Young Persons and their Families Agency for those former migrants who would prefer not to deal with the government agencies themselves.

Contact: 4 Royal Oak Drive

Lakemba Park

PALMERSTON NORTH

NEW ZEALAND

Phone/fax: 06 357 4956

OTHER SOURCES

Websites

The Website at http://www.childmigrants.com has been established by the brother of a child migrant sent to Australia. The site has links to other useful sites including NCVCCO, the UK Department of Health, UK Office of National Statistics and Public Record Office. The site also has a message page for individuals to leave comments and ask for information.

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