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New South Wales - Archival Series

Muster Books (1942 - 1973)

15 November 1942
10 July 1973
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Muster Books provide a daily record of inmates behaviour and appearance at morning and afternoon muster at Parramatta Girls Training Home, Parramatta Girls Training School and Institution for Girls, Hay.


Access Conditions

In New South Wales, records relating to individuals, such as case files and correspondence are closed to public access for 100 years. Records such as registers and indexes are closed to public access for 80 years. Individuals can apply to request access to records in this series. Access to these records is restricted. People wishing to access restricted records can either contact their nearest Community Services Centre to apply or they can post the information; an application form must be completed together with proof of identity provided.


These volumes (15 November 1942 - 29 January 1943 and 27 November 1972 - 10 July 1973) contain details of the inmates' behaviour and appearances at the morning and afternoon musters held at the institution. An alphabetical list of all inmates is included at the beginning of each volume. There is a daily account of the behaviour of certain inmates who were deserving of either plus or minus marks in accordance with the marking system which was adopted by the school. The marking system encompassed all facets of life in the institution from dormitory and meal behaviour to behaviour in the laundry and in activities classes.

According to Connecting Kin (1998), there are 4 volumes of Muster Books.

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Sources used to compile this entry: Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998,

Prepared by: Melissa Downing