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Victoria - Archival Series

Adoption Files of Defunct Adoption Agencies (1920 - 1982)

Reference No
VPRS 17943/P0001
Legal Status
Public Record Office Victoria reference number

Adoption Files of Defunct Adoption Agencies is an archival series held by the Department of Health and Human Services. It comprises records created by as many as 30 different adoption agencies that were in operation at different times in Victoria. This series was created when the Adoption Information Service was established in 1985, and it gathered together the records of various former adoption agencies.


Access Conditions

Conditional access.


The contents of files within this archival series will vary but may include:

  • Application to Adopt form
  • Documents and correspondence supporting the application
  • Consent to Adopt and correspondence
  • Legal documents
  • Birth certificates
  • Photographs


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Health and Human Services, Finding Records, State of Victoria, 2016,

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill