St Mary's Mission of Hope Records is a collection of records created between 1903-1990 by staff and officers of St Mary's Home for Children and St Mary's Mission of Hope. The records include committee minutes; matrons' reports; visitors' reports; secretary's reports; financial records; correspondence and working papers of the committee; building and architectural records; annual reports; and admission files.
Former residents of the children's Homes of the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide and Church of England, or members of their families, can apply to the Diocesan Archivist to be provided with information and/or copies of records relevant to their time in care. Physical access to the historical records of the children's Homes or the church's Social Welfare Bureau is not permitted due to the fragility of the material and the need to protect the privacy of third parties.
Record keeping practices varied significantly from one Home to another and from one time period to another, with respect to the quantity and types of records that were created and preserved. Many of the following records are fragmentary or incomplete, or were created only for specific time periods during the overall duration of the Homes.
St Mary's Mission of Hope Records include: committee minutes; matrons' reports; visitors' reports; secretary's reports; financial records; correspondence and working papers of the committee; building and architectural records; annual reports; and admission files. The collection also includes a small amount of historical research and study notes.
Records in this collection were listed and indexed as part of the Records Access Documentation Grants in 2017.
The collection includes the following records:
Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005, http://nunku.org.au/resources/; This entry has been updated with information received from the record holders as part of the Records Access Documentation grants. The source documents are held in the eScholarship Research Centre files at the University of Melbourne.
Prepared by: Nicola Laurent
Created: 11 August 2011, Last modified: 7 November 2017