(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
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
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