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Victoria - Archival Collection

Melbourne Orphan Asylum Records (1845 - 1986)

Reference No
MS 13168
Legal Status
State Library of Victoria Accession No

Melbourne Orphan Asylum Records (MS 13168) is a manuscript collection held by the State Library of Victoria. It includes records about former residents of the Melbourne Orphanage and the Melbourne Orphan Asylum, including case files and admission records, as well as records like minute books, scrapbooks and accounting records.


Access Conditions

Access to these records is restricted. Permission to view material in this collection must be obtained in writing from OzChild. The patron must then contact the State Library of Victoria's Australian Manuscripts Collection in advance, material will not be retrieved on the spot.


There is a finding aid to the collection available on the website of the State Library of Victoria.

The Melbourne Orphan Asylum Records comprise:

  • case files, c.1858-1959;
  • minute books, 1845-1851, 1858-1863, 1882-1892, 1899-1935, 1938-1945, and 1948-1954;
  • annual reports, 1854/1855, 1858-1919, 1921/1922, 1931-1952, and 1954-1956;
  • scrapbooks, 1923-1976;
  • admissions book, ca. 1850-1986;
  • journal and letter book, 1858-1861;
  • official register of inmates, 1887-1975;
  • reports on apprentices, 1913-1917;
  • account book, ca. 1917-1955;
  • wills and other legal documents;
  • war medals;
  • and printing blocks.

Prepared by: Rosemary Francis