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Orphanage information

The Melbourne Orphanage forms an integral part of OzChild's history, dating back to the 1850s.

OzChild may be able to assist you to access your files and find out more about the organisations you were in care with.

If you’re a former resident at any of the following organisations, please contact us if you would like assistance accessing your information.

  • Melbourne Orphanage
  • Melbourne Family Care Organisation
  • Victorian Children’s Aid Society
  • Family Action
  • Family Focus
  • Wresacare

Accessing Files

OzChild keeps more recent case files in secure storage. Older files are placed in the Manuscript Section of the State Library. If you would like to check whether your file is in the OzChild archives or the State Library, please contact us on (03) 9695 2200.

If we have your files in our archives then you will need to make a request in writing to the Chief Operating Officer, OzChild, PO Box 1312, South Melbourne, 3205.

Once we have received the request, a photocopy of your files will be made before being released.

If your file is in the State Library, you will need a letter of authorisation from OzChild and you will also need to make an appointment before you visit the Library. Phone us: (03) 9695 2200.


Histories of both arms of the organisation, which may put the care experience in context for you, are available from OzChild.

  • Asylum to Action 1851- 1991 by historian Donella Jaggs covers the history of The Melbourne Orphanage, Melbourne Family Care Organisation and Family Action.
  • Selina’s Legacy: from VCAS to Oz Child by historian Della Hilton covers the history of the Victorian Children’s Aid Society.

Melbourne Orphanage Reunion

Each year in November, OzChild organises a reunion for people who were in the Melbourne Orphanage. If you would like to have your name added please contact us on (03) 9695 2200.

National Redress Scheme

OzChild has committed to join the National Redress Scheme. Find out more.

Support Groups

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)

PO Box 164,
Georges Hall,
NSW 2198

Email: careleavers@hotmail.com

Website: www.clan.org.au

Open Place

Suite 1, 8 Bromham Place
Richmond VIC 3121

Tel: 1800 779 379 or 03 9429 5536

Email: info@openplace.org.au
Website: www.openplace.org.au

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