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Western Australia - Archival Collection

Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Perth Archives (1847 - 1991)

  • St Joseph's Guard of Honour Kings Park

    St Joseph's Guard of Honour Kings Park, 1934? - 1945?, courtesy of Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Ministry 1.1/1.3 Subiaco/Wembley. Sisters of Mercy. Perth Congregation 1846 - 2011.
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From
1847
To
1991

Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Perth Archives is a collection of registers, records, photographs, artefacts and memorabilia relating to Benevolent Institution for Aboriginal Children, St Joseph's Girls' Orphanage, St Vincent's Foundling Home Subiaco, Subiaco Boys' Orphanage and St Joseph's Catholic Orphanage for Girls and Catherine McAuley Centre.

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Access Conditions

Access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, but you are very welcome to enquire. The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea encourages you to either contact them directly for access to personal records, or use one of the available Support Services.

Records

Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Perth Archives' collection relates to Homes run by the Sisters of Mercy in Western Australia including Benevolent Institution for Aboriginal Children, St Joseph's Girls' Orphanage, St Vincent's Foundling Home Subiaco, Subiaco Boys' Orphanage and St Joseph's Catholic Orphanage for Girls and Catherine McAuley Centre. There is also information about the primary school, St Joseph's Victoria Square, where some of the girls from the orphanage went to school.

The types of items held include photographs, memorabilia, artefacts, and records. The records include:

  • Judgement Book 1847-? (lists Indigenous children's behavior that was tallied to give out school prizes)
  • Receipt and Expenditure Registers 1847-? (lists expenditure for convent, school and orphanages including Benevolent Fund. Includes travel supplies for Indigenous girls
  • Admission registers for the years 1868-1928
  • Case records from c.1960-1991
  • Maintenance registers for 1901-1948 and 1958-1972
  • Committal warrants from 1868-1951
  • Baptism Certificates 1868-1972 (those for the 1950s are missing)
  • Social security payments records 1960s (those for the 1970s are missing)
  • Ailments register 1915

This collection is a combination of collections previously held by MercyCare Ltd, Mercy Heritage Centre, Perth and the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea in Perth. The collection is now held by the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea in Petersham, NSW.

Photos

Early photo
Title
Early photo
Type
Image
Date
1859
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Buildings 1.08 Subiaco/Wembley. Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 - 2013

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Bishop Salvado and Subiaco
Title
Bishop Salvado and Subiaco
Type
Image
Date
1872? - 1876?
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Building/Ministry. B 1.00 Subiaco/Wembley . Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846-2013

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Orphanage dining room
Title
Orphanage dining room
Type
Image
Date
1901? - 1950s
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Buildings 1.13 Subiaco/Wembley. Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 - 2013

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Foundling Home
Title
Foundling Home
Type
Image
Date
1914? - 1950s
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Ministry Subiaco/Wembley 2.7 Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 - 2013

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St Vincent's children
Title
St Vincent's children
Type
Image
Date
1914? - 1950s
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Ministry. Subiaco/Wembley. 1.9 Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 - 2013

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Back of St Joseph's main building
Title
Back of St Joseph's main building
Type
Image
Date
1920? - 1960?
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Buildings: 1.05 Subiaco/Wembley. Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 - 2013

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Girls' dormitory
Title
Girls' dormitory
Type
Image
Date
1920s - 1960s
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Building 1.16 Subiaco/Wembley Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 - 2013

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Gardening St Joseph's
Title
Gardening St Joseph's
Type
Image
Date
1920? - 1960?
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Ministry. Subiaco/Wembley. 1.8 Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 -2013

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Dormitory, St Joseph's Girls Orphanage
Title
Dormitory, St Joseph's Girls Orphanage
Type
Image
Date
1920s - 1960s
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Building 1.16 Subiaco/Wembley Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 - 2013

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Dancing classes
Title
Dancing classes
Type
Image
Date
1920? - 1960?
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Ministry Subiaco/Wembley 2.3 Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 - 2013

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Ballet lesson
Title
Ballet lesson
Type
Image
Date
1920? - 1960?
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Ministry Subiaco/Wembley 2.2 Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 - 2013

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Sing song
Title
Sing song
Type
Image
Date
1920? - 1960?
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Ministry. 1.4 Subiaco/Wembley. Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 - 2011

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Subiaco Dormitory
Title
Subiaco Dormitory
Type
Image
Date
1920? - 1960?
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Building/Ministry. B 1.00 Subiaco/Wembley . Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 - 2013

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St Joseph's Front
Title
St Joseph's Front
Type
Image
Date
1930? - 1950s
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Buildings 1.06 Subiaco/Wembley. Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1845 - 2013

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St Joseph's Guard of Honour Kings Park
Title
St Joseph's Guard of Honour Kings Park
Type
Image
Date
1934? - 1945?
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Ministry 1.1/1.3 Subiaco/Wembley. Sisters of Mercy. Perth Congregation 1846 - 2011

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Guard of Honour Kings Park
Title
Guard of Honour Kings Park
Type
Image
Date
1934? - 1945?
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Ministry 1.1/1.3 Subiaco/Wembley. Sisters of Mercy. Perth Congregation 1846 - 2011

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Back area - colour
Title
Back area - colour
Type
Image
Date
1940? - 1971
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Buildings 1.10 Subiaco/Wembley. Sisters of Mercy Perth congregation 1846 - 2013

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St Vincent's Foundling Home
Title
St Vincent's Foundling Home
Type
Image
Date
1940? - 1971
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Buildings 1.11 Subiaco/Wembley. Sisters of Mercy Perth congregation 1846 - 2013

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Classroom
Title
Classroom
Type
Image
Date
1953?
Source
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Archives and Heritage Centre, Ministry. 1.2 Subiaco/Wembley. Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation 1846 - 2011

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