New South Wales Aboriginal Wards

(1) The names recorded on this page have been removed at the request of the New South Wales Department of Aboriginal Affairs. The New South Wales Department of Aboriginal Affairs has informed me that although the names on this list were recorded at a time when the original records were on open access at the Archives of New South Wales, the records are now closed. Many of the records are closed for public access due to the personal and sensitive nature of the information contained in them. People wishing to access these records must contact the Family Records Unit: NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs Level 13 Tower B, Centennial Plaza 280 Elizabeth Street SURRY HILLS NSW 2010 Phone: 02 9219 0700 or 1800 019 998 (toll free) Fax: 02 9219 0790 Web: There is no charge for the services provided by the Family Records Unit. (2) Link Up (NSW) also voiced concerns to NSW DAA (though, surprisingly, not to the author) about these names appearing on the website. It should be noted that a lot of information about the Wards of New South Wales is actually in the public domain as interviews, newspaper and magazine articles, books and such places as the Australian Institure of Aboriginal and Islander Affairs Mura catalogue. Googling such things as 'Kinchela Boys Home' or 'Cootamundra Girls Home' will bring up references to people who were in these places. AIATSIS have produced a CD containing all issues to the 'Dawn' magazine and which is available at their bookshop in Canberra and online at This magazine contains hundreds of references to Wards. Original issues are available in some libraries and also in some second hand bookshops. This is probably the easiest starting point for researching people who may have been Wards of the State. The next place to go is the New South Wales Department of Aboriginal Affairs. Paul Mackett 2012