Forgotten Australians

As a current Catholic provider of services for children, young people and their families, CatholicCare is committed to assisting people who lived in Catholic children’s homes, orphanages, residential care, foster care and other care institutions to search for their personal records.

The CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay was established in 1986. Prior to this a number of independent religious organisations provided residential care for children in our current geographical area, which was then part of the Archdiocese of Sydney. In the interests of assisting former residents to access these records, the institutions known to have been run by Catholic organisations in the Diocese are listed below. If you resided at any of the homes listed, please contact the person or organisation indicated. The number and quality of records available will depend on the institution concerned and may reflect the record keeping of the time.

INSTITUTION DETAILSCONTACT
Manly Industrial School and Orphanage
Years operational: 1881-1910
Location: Manly
Good Samaritan Archives
Postal Address: PO Box 1076
GLEBE POINT NSW 2037
Street Address: 2 Avenue Road
GLEBE POINT NSW 2037
P: (02) 8586 6906
F: (02) 9692 8701
E: archives@goodsams.org.au
Our Lady of Mercy Home
(originally Waitara Foundling Home)
Years operational: 1898-1997
Location: Waitara
Administration Officer
CatholicCare Sydney
Postal Address:
PO Box 3127
BANKSTOWN CENTRO NSW 2200
P: (02) 8709 9333
E: adoptions@catholiccare.org
St Catherine’s Home
Years operational: 1931-1990
Location: Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River
Administration Officer
CatholicCare Sydney
Postal Address: PO Box 3127
BANKSTOWN CENTRO NSW 2200
P: (02) 8709 9333
E: adoptions@catholiccare.org
St Edmunds
Years operational: 1951-1980
Location: Wahroonga
The Principal
St Edmund’s School
Street Address: 60 Burns Rd
WAHROONGA NSW 2076
P: (02) 9487 1044
St Joseph’s Girls’ Home
Years operational: 1900-1979
Location: Gore Hill (also known as Lane Cove)
The Archivist-in-Charge
Sisters of St Joseph
Congregational Administration Centre
Postal Address: PO Box 1508
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059
P: (02) 8912 4876
F: (02) 8912 4849
St Joseph’s Home
Years operational: 1887-1979
Location: Kincumber
The Archivist-in-Charge
Sisters of St Joseph
Congregational Administration Centre
Postal Address: PO Box 1508
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059
P: (02) 8912 4876
F: (02) 8912 4849

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