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New South Wales - Archival Series

School Files (1876 - 1979)

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School Files are a series of records related to the running of schools in New South Wales from 1876 to 1979, including children's homes with school programs. The records mainly include applications for the establishment of schools, schools' progress, buildings and school site information, teachers and other miscellaneous records. There are some records related more specifically to pupils including: admission registers, punishment books and examination books. Records post 1939 are strictly administrative.


Access Conditions

These records are Open Access. For access to these records please contact State Archives NSW.


These files are arranged alphabetically by name of school. They deal with matters relating to the administration and operation of the school and may include correspondence about pupils.

School Files may be a vital source of information about children who were residents of children's homes, or cared for under a substitute care program, particularly where no other records of that home or program survive. For example, the records of Carlingford Public School may contain information about children from Dalmar at Carlingford.

In some cases, the school files contain records from Children's Homes, including identifying information about children. This includes:

  • Berida Junior Red Cross Home: Admission Registers (1951 - 1974)
  • Eleanor MacKinnon Memorial Home: Admission Registers (1955 - 1966)
  • Fairbridge Farm School, Molong: Admission Registers (1938-1963), Punishment Books (1948-1969), and Visitors' Books (1938-1972)
  • Kinchela Training Home for Aboriginal Boys: Admission Registers (1923-1962), Punishment Books (1952 - 1962), Observation Books (1934-1961), and Visitors' Books (1951-1962)
  • Lorna Hodgkinson Sunshine Home: Admission Registers (1957-1963), Observation Books (1958-1963), and Visitors' Books (1957-1962)

The below document contains a list of items identified in this series that directly relate to children's homes and may be of relevance to Care Leavers. The items are arranged by the Home/Institution that they relate to.

Series NRS 3829 School Files (1876 - 1979): List of Items

State Archives NSW has published an index of Aboriginal schools mentioned in these files, as well as an index of non-Aboriginal schools mentioned in the files.

Quantity: 4436 boxes, 114 plans, 1 bundle.

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Online Resources

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