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PHIND Personal History Index (1938 - 1965)


The PHIND Personal History Index for former child migrants to Catholic Homes in Australia 1938-1965 is a computerised index detailing the location of records held in Australia.


Access Conditions

To protect the privacy of individuals named in PHIND, access is restricted.


PHIND contains personal details of the former child migrants in the Catholic migration 'scheme', information about a person's migration and where they lived in Australia and the location of existing records held by government or church agencies. The quantity and quality of information and records relating to individuals varies.

The first group of child migrants came from Britain in 1938, the last of the children came from Malta in 1965. PHIND will assist these people to locate records about themselves that are held by church or government agencies. PHIND may also be of assistance to descendants and relatives of former child migrants.

PHIND has been sponsored and funded by the Catholic religious orders and agencies involved in child migration including:

  • the Congregation of Christian Brothers
  • the Poor Sisters of Nazareth
  • the Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation
  • the Sisters of Mercy Goulburn Congregation
  • the Sisters of Mercy Rockhampton Congregation
  • the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation
  • the Sisters of Mercy Adelaide Congregation and the Diocese of Adelaide
  • the Salesians of Don Bosco
  • the Sisters of St Joseph NSW Province
  • Centacare Newcastle and the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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Prepared by: Debra Rosser