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New South Wales - Archival Series

Registers of Inmates (1852 - 1915)

Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children

June 1852
August 1915
Reference No
Legal Status
State Records Authority of New South Wales Series Number

The Registers of Inmates record details of children admitted into the asylums managed by the Society for the Relief of Destitute Children. The information in the registers varies. The earlier entries, from the 19th century, record: name and age of child; date of admission; religion of parents; reason for admission; and discharge details including date, child's age, and to whom discharged (e.g. parents, apprenticed out, deceased, etc). The entries for the twentieth century record: name, age and religion of child; date of admission and discharge; whether vaccinated or not; whether baptised or not; and details of discharge (e.g. where and to whom discharged, age, etc.).


Access Conditions

Open access.


These volumes are indexed. Copies of the indexes are available in the search rooms of the State Records Authority of New South Wales and should be consulted before using the registers.


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children', in State Records Authority of New South Wales website, State of New South Wales through the State Records Authority of NSW 2016,; 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