Saturday, 30 April 2011

Orphanage records now accessible

Some children, though not actually orphans, were admitted to an orphanage because parents or other relatives could not take care of them. This often happened if the child was illegitimate or when a parent was ill, imprisoned or in an asylum. Many orphanage records give the reason for admission, parents' names etc.

Some Queensland orphanage records have recently been opened to the public. The following records are now available in Qld State Archives ArchivesSearch (check periodically in case more are added):
  • St. Vincent's Home (Nudgee): Index to admission registers 1866-1905, and admission register 1866-1908.
  • Diamantina Orphanage and Receiving Depot: Index to admission registers 1865-1905, and admission registers 1865-1908.
  • Meteor Park Orphanage (Neerkol), Rockhampton: Admission registers 1885-1909.
  • Industrial and Reformatory School for Boys: Admission register 1871-1906.
  • Industrial and Reformatory School for Girls, Toowoomba: Letterbooks of the Superintendent 1881-1895.
If you are looking for more recent records, see the Brief Guide to Orphanages and Children's Homes.

My book Tips for Queensland Research has advice about indexes and records for Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton orphanages.

'Failing to contribute to support of children in an orphanage' is one of the offences mentioned in Police Station summons sheets. Children charged with 'being a neglected child' are mentioned in police watchhouse charge books.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Names missing from immigration index

Kerry Farmer has alerted me to the fact that some names are currently missing from Queensland State Archives' online index entitled 'Immigration 1848-1912'. They used to be there (Kerry has a screen shot to prove it) and now they have vanished. The list 'H to HANSEN' currently starts with 'HAGARTY'. I know for a fact that entries for these surnames from IMM/114 are missing (and there may be others):

Haack, Haagensen, Haake, Haanon, Haase, Haaver, Haavig, Haband, Haberecht, Haberling, Habluzel, Hackaday, Haddock, Hadfield, Haedtke, Haffenden, Hagans.

I have asked the Archives to investigate.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

One Lovely Blog Award

I would like to thank Kay for nominating this blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Rules for accepting the award are:
  1. Accept the award and post it on your blog with the name of the person who granted the award and their blog link.
  2. Pass the award on to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered.
  3. Contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
The fifteen blogs that I nominated are listed on UK / Australia Genealogy, which also received the Award.
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