Family Records Unit

Family Records Unit

The Family Records Unit was established as a result of the NSW Government response to the Bringing Them Home Report to assist Aboriginal people in NSW to access government records of themselves and their families, particularly members of the Stolen Generation who lost connection with their families as a result of past government policies and practices.

Aboriginal Affairs is the custodian of the records of the Aborigines Welfare Board (formerly known as the Aborigines Protection Board) and the Chief Secretary. Due to the personal and sensitive nature of the information pertained in the records many of these records are closed to public access. All of these records have been digitised which enables the Unit to access them direct and provide copies free of charge to people who have completed a “Finding your Mob” Personal Family History application.

To obtain a copy of the “Finding your Mob” Personal Family History Research application and for further information please contact the Family Records Unit on the toll free number 1800 019 998, by email to familyhistory@aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au  or download the application from here:
Personal Family History Research application Form

eResources

NSW Government Response: Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families.
NSW Government Response (PDF)

Securing the Truth: NSW Government Submission to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families.
Securing the Truth (PDF)

Home Girls: Cootamundra Aboriginal Home girls tell their stories
http://www.humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/bth_report/report/index.html

Kinchela Aboriginal Boys’ Training Home

http://http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=5054659

Cootamundra Aboriginal Girls’ Training Home

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=5061346

Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=5061330

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