Richard S. Haynes & Co Adoption Files [Mr Bryant's client files] are a series of records that include the client files of adoption lawyer, Mr Bryant, from the firm Richard S. Haynes & Co. Richard S. Haynes & Co was a firm of lawyers in Western Australia who were involved in many adoptions from the 1940s to around 1980, and these records include information about some of the adoptions arranged by Mr Bryant. The records were transferred to the Western Austalian Department of Communities following Mr Bryant's retirement.
Access to these records is restricted to protect people's privacy. If you believe the Department may hold records about you, or about a family member, you are encouraged to apply.
The record series, Richard S. Haynes & Co Adoption Files [Mr Bryant's client files], are not a complete set of the adoptions arranged through RS Haynes & Co.
The records that do exist are of a high quality, with detailed information about the parties to the adoption included. Many of the adoptions which Mr Bryant was involved with were 'privately arranged', particularly from Catholic hospitals such as St John of God Subiaco and St Anne's Mt Lawley.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser and Nicola Laurent
Created: 22 March 2012, Last modified: 26 June 2020