Orphanage Information - OzChild

Orphanage Information

Have you been in care with the following organisations in Victoria?

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

OzChild may be able to assist you access your files, find out more about the histories of the organisations, or ensure you are invited to the annual Melbourne Orphanage reunion if you are a former resident.

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 done 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.

Copies are available from OzChild Head Office. (03) 9695 2200.

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. (03) 9695 2200.

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