Historic Records


We are not able to offer information or assistance with historic records, former occupants or others associated with the institutions of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct and recommend that you contact the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) for assistance or ANCESTRY.com.au

Female Factory Convicts

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Records in the National Archives cover many thousands of people who were transported to the colonies of New South Wales and Van Dieman’s land. The records typically include personal details, such as name, nationality, date and place of birth and information about family members. The Institutions of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct figure prominently in the social history of Australia. The primary source of information about the Female Factory can be found in the Australia’s historical archives such as State Records, National Library, NSW State Library, specialist libraries and archives associated with the history of women, health, welfare, religious orders, criminology, social sciences, education, heritage and public architecture and specialist website Cora Web.

Parramatta Lunatic Asylum

For surviving records from the Parramatta Lunatic Asylum cover c.1848-1989 see: NSW State Records

Roman Catholic Orphan School

Orphan Schools Child care and protection Roman Catholic Orphan School: 1859 - 1886. Visit Find & Connect website.

Parramatta Girls Home/Girls Industrial School

Institutional records and other information visit Find & Connect website.

Individuals looking for ward files/welfare records can contact the nearest Department of Families & Community Services (FaCS) Centre or phone (02) 9716 2662.

Information from Admissions & Discharge Register for Biloela Industrial School 1867-1886 and Parramatta Girls Industrial School 1887 -1942 please contact us here.

Forgotten Australians & Child Migrants

Access to Records for Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants

FIND & CONNECT website lists Australian child welfare institutions and is also a gateway to connect Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and their families, to information and resources that help make sense of the past, and to see where their story fits into the broader historical context.


LINK UP is for Aboriginal families and communities in NSW affected by separation. Family trees for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young persons in out of home care. Freecall: 1800 624 332 Tel: (02) 4759 1911