• Archival Collection

MacKillop Family Services Records, Victorian institutions

To access these records

Please contact the General Manager of Heritage and Information Service, MacKillop Family Services:

Postal Address: 237 Cecil Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205

Phone: (03) 9699 9177

Email: enquiry@mackillop.org.au

Website: https://www.mackillop.org.au/records-enquiry-form

Records Location

These records are held by MacKillop Family Services (1997 - current).

Details

MacKillop Family Services holds more than 115,000 individual records relating to children and mothers who were in institutions in the state of Victoria run by the Christian Brothers, Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St Joseph. The collection dates from 1857 onwards, and includes client admission registers, admission cards and paper files, photographs, annual reports, newspaper cuttings, policy documents and various items of memorabilia.

Access Conditions

Conditional Access – Former residents (and their families) can contact the Heritage and Information Service at MacKillop Family Services to gain access to records. The Heritage and Information Service recommends people contact them through the Records Enquiry Form on the website.

Records

MacKillop Family Services holds more than 115,000 individual records relating to children and mothers who were in Victorian institutions run by the Christian Brothers, Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St Joseph. The collection dates from 1857 onwards, and includes client admission registers, admission cards and paper files. In addition to the client records, the Archives contain more than 15,000 photographic images, individual sets of annual reports, newspaper cuttings, policy documents and various items of memorabilia.

Records of the various orphanages, homes and other residences run by the Christian Brothers, Sisters of Mercy and Sisters of St Joseph in Victoria were transferred to MacKillop Family Services in 1997. While custodianship of the records about people in ‘care’ became the responsibility of MacKillop Family Services at this point, it was formally agreed that the intellectual property in these records would not change hands.

Former residents should be aware that many record sets are incomplete. In the past, there were not legislative requirements for the non-government sector to keep records indefinitely. In many cases, because the institutions like the orphanages listed here no longer exist, and they were not legally bound to keep records indefinitely, the historical records are no longer available. Regrettably, some information has simply been destroyed or lost over time.

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