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Salvation Army Homes

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This is a guide to looking for records from children’s Homes, institutions and reformatories run by the Salvation Army. These records date back to the 19th century and continue up until around the 1980s, when these institutions were closed.

Please be aware that if you were a state ward and spent time in a Salvation Army Home, there may be more records about your time at a Salvation Army Home on your ward file. These ward records are not held by the Salvation Army, they are held by the state government. For more information about applying for ward records, please see ‘Where to Start’.

Please note that more recent records (created since around the 1980s) of out-of-home care services run by the Salvation Army are likely to be held by current Salvation Army services, not by the Territorial Headquarters.

Applying for records

Until 2019, The Salvation Army was divided into the Eastern and Southern Territories. The Salvation Army is now run as one National territory in Australia. The records about children’s homes and institutions run by the Salvation Army are currently divided into two separate avenues of enquiry, depending on which state the individual resided in at the time they were a resident.

If your enquiry relates to children’s Homes in:

  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • Australian Capital Territory

Please forward your request for assistance to:

Historical Records Researcher
Office hours: Weekdays 9am to 5pm
Phone: 02 9466 3248

If your enquiry relates to children’s Homes in:

  • Northern Territory
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Please forward your request for assistance to:

Centre for Restoration, Salvation Army Australia, Territorial Headquarters
Office hours: Weekdays 8.30am – 4.30pm
Street Address: 95-99 Railway Road, Blackburn, VIC, 3130
Postal Address: PO Box 479, Blackburn VIC 3130
Phone: 03 8878 4500

Heritage Centres

The Salvation Army also operates heritage centres. These centres do not hold personal records, but they often have historical material that may be of interest, including photos, War Cry [the Salvation Army newspaper] articles, and Salvation Army memorabilia.


Heritage Centre – Sydney
120 Kingland Road, Bexley North NSW 2207
PO Box 226 Bexley North NSW 2207
Phone: 02 9502 0424
Fax: 02 9554 9204


Lindsay Cox, Archivist
The Salvation Army Archives and Museum – Australia Southern Territory
69 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
PO Box 18185 Collins Street East, Melbourne VIC 8003
Phone: 03 9639 3618
Fax: 03 9639 3618


Major Dennis L. Dell, Director
Salvation Army Heritage Museum WA
Level 3, 333 William Street
Northbridge WA 6003
PO Box 8498, Perth BC, WA 6849
Phone: 08 9260 9500 (Tuesdays)

The South Australian Heritage Centre has closed and some of its material is now at the Melbourne Heritage Centre.