Victorian Genealogy

Finding People and Places in Victoria, Australia.

 


Orphanage, Industrial School and Reformatory Records

 

Also see Children's Records.
Also see Adoption Records.
Also see Benevolent Asylum Records.
Also see School Records.
Also see Indigenous Victorian Records.
Also see Court Records.

 

OVERVIEW

 

ORPHANAGES

The following were early orphanages in Melbourne and suburbs:


The following were early orphanages in the rest of Victoria:

 

INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS

Industrial schools were established in Victoria in the 1860s. Neglected children who came before the courts were sent to industrial schools. These schools were abolished in the 1880s.

The following were industrial schools in Melbourne and suburbs:

The following were industrial schools in the rest of Victoria:

There were also training ships for older boys:

 

REFORMATORIES

Reformatories were established in Victoria in 1864 and continued until 1954. Criminal children who came before the courts were sent to reformatories.


In 1872 a system of boarding out children was brought in where state wards were placed in foster care in private homes.


RECORDS

The Public Record Office Victoria holds records of foster children and state wards in Victoria. The Department of Human Services holds more recent records. It should be noted that some of these records are closed under Section 9 and as they relate to children, they will not be released for 99 years after the creation of the records. An application under Freedom of Information may be made.

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - WARD REGISTERS 1864-1966 (VPRS 4527)

These relate to wards of state. These were known as Children's Registers from 1864 to 1887. Wards of state 1864-1894 and some wards of state 1894-1899 can be seen online on Public Record Office Victoria website. These are searchable by name through the catalogue.

https://prov.vic.gov.au/


ANCESTRY - VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, INDEX TO THE CHILDREN'S REGISTERS OF STATE WARDS, 1850-1893

This is an index of Children's Registers of State Wards in Victoria, Australia. It is culled from the records of the Department for Neglected and Criminal Children and industrial and reformatory schools of the 19th Century in Victoria, Australia. It is searchable.

https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=1977

 

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA - GENEALOGICAL INDEX OF NAMES

Industrial Schools Inward Registered Correspondence Index 1867-1870 has been included.

This is an index to correspondence found in Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 937.

https://www.gsv.org.au/article/our-collection

 

STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA - MELBOURNE ORPHAN ASYLUM RECORDS 1845-1989 (MS13168)

The records are not online. The collection comprises case files, ca. 1858-1959, admission book ca.1850-1986, official register of inmates, 1887-1975; reports on apprentices, 1913-1917, minute books, annual reports and other documents. The admissions book can be consulted for you by Library staff and if files are found they can be viewed in the Library’s Heritage Collections Reading Room.

Access to records that are older than 99 years are available without restriction. To access records 99 years and under, an application to OzChild needs to be made. This is a finding aid.

https://findingaids.slv.vic.gov.au/repositories/3/resources/37

 

FAMILYSEARCH - GEELONG AND WESTERN DISTRICT PROTESTANT ORPHANAGE ADMISSION RECORDS AND CARD INDEX 1870-1946

Includes minute books 1870-1913, 1930-1933. Original records in possession of the Geelong Historical Records Centre, Geelong,

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/232246?availability=Family%20History%20Library

 

FAMILYSEARCH - THE AUSTRALIAN PRESBYTERIAN CALENDAR AND EDUCATIONAL REGISTER FOR VICTORIA 1877

This includes a list of staff associated with Industrial and Reformatory Schools in 1877.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/571440?availability=Family%20History%20Library

 

WEBSITE

 

FIND AND CONNECT - HISTORY AND INFORMATION ABOUT AUSTRALIAN ORPHANAGES, CHILDREN'S HOMES AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS

https://www.findandconnect.gov.au/

 

 

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