Please contact the Care Leaver Records Service:
Phone: (03) 9096 8449
These records are part of Victorian Government Records relating to Wardship and/or Out of Home Care (1864 - current).
Hartnett House and Melbourne City Mission Maternity Home Records is an archival collection held by the Victorian Government. Presumably these records were transferred to the custody of the Victorian government when Hartnett House ceased to be an adoption agency (in 1973) or when the children’s Home closed in around 1982. This collection comprises various records of children who lived at the Home in Brunswick, and of mothers who were admitted there before or after the birth of their child. There are also records relating to adoptions which took place out of Hartnett House.
Conditional Access – Care Leavers (and their families) wanting to find information about their time in care, or access personal files can contact the Care Leaver Records Service.
Access to adoption information in these records is governed by the Adoption Information Act 1984.
The Victorian government holds a number of archival series relating to residents of Melbourne City Mission Maternity Home and Hartnett House.
The collection includes:
The Finding Records website page relating to Hartnett House (1900-1983) has a detailed Collection Guide with more information about these records.