Records held by the Uniting Church Archives is a collection of records dating from 1923 to 1994, and includes information about children's Homes run by the Methodist and Presbyterian churches and, after 1977, the Uniting Church. The collection consists of records about the administration of the Homes: including minutes of management committees, annual reports and financial information, materials relating to fundraising and promotion of the Homes, photographs and other miscellaneous historical materials. There are limited records relating specifically to children who were in the Homes.
Former residents (and their families) should contact the Uniting Heritage Service to find information, and access personal files. The Uniting Heritage Service is a free service that helps individuals access information about them or family members, as well as access appropriate support should they choose. Heritage Service staff prefer to release records to past residents or their family members in person, where possible, in order to give greater meaning and context to the information.
The records in this collection are mostly about the management and running of children's Homes by the Methodist and Presbyterian churches before 1977, and after that, by the Uniting Church. The records contain limited information about children in the Homes. There are some admission registers and client files, however, most of the information about children living in the Homes is found in records relating to administrative functions, for example minutes of meetings, correspondence and financial records.
Records in this collection have been indexed by The Uniting Church Archives as part of the Records Access Documentation Grants in 2017. A searchable index has been created to improve access to the collection.
The collection includes the following records:
Kilmany Park Farm Home for Boys
Regent House Hostel for Girls
Presbyterian Babies' Home
Methodist Babies' Home and Copelen Family Centre
Orana Peace Memorial Homes for Children
McOwan Boys' Training Farm
Dhurringile Rural Training Farm
Craig Memorial Hostel
Sources used to compile this entry: 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: Rosemary Francis and Nicola Laurent
Created: 26 October 2011, Last modified: 16 November 2022