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Convict Female Factory
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 and specialist libraries and archives associated with the history of women, health, welfare, religious orders, criminology, social sciences, education, heritage and public architecture.
Parramatta Lunatic Asylum
For surviving records from the Parramatta Lunatic Asylum cover c.1848-1989 see:
Roman Catholic Orphan School
Orphan Schools see Archives in Brief 59 - Child care and protection
Roman Catholic Orphan School: 1859 - 1886. Sex and Ages: Boys and girls aged 2 to 14 years. Contact: The Archivist Good Samaritan Archives p(02) 9566 2188
Parramatta Girls Home/Industrial School
Institutional records see State Records Archives in Brief Child Protection
Individuals looking for ward files/welfare records can contact the nearest Department of Families & Community Services (FaCS) Centre or phone (02) 9716 2662.
Adoptees, Forgotten Australians & Child Migrants
Connecting Kin A Guide to Records-A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records: Connecting Kin aims to help people who have been separated from their birth families (through adoption, fostering etc) to locate records about their separation and their families. You can consult the guide in your local library.
Family history for adopted people, Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants here
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.
Aboriginal Family History
Link up 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