Child Welfare Records

We would like to acknowledge those who spent time as children or youths in orphanages, children’s homes, foster homes or any other form of institutional or out-of-home ‘care’.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that University of Melbourne Collections may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons, or culturally sensitive content (more information).

The University of Melbourne Archives is home to an array of collections which provide insight into the sometimes harsh reality of growing up in an institution in Victoria in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This is a Guide to those records and a document of the University’s efforts to make them accessible for Care Leavers and their families.