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Neglected Children’s Depot

by Kathryn Lucas (guest author) on 26 November, 2010

Kathryn Lucas would like to find more information about the Royal Park Depot in Melbourne. Can anyone help?

Composite image of a long row from a register of deaths in 1909

Kathryn Lucas, while researching her family history, discovered the death certificate of Edna Muriel Holmes, the daughter of her great grandfather.

5 thoughts on “Neglected Children’s Depot”

  1. Kathryn, I just did a quick search of the National Library’s digitised newspapers and found a few stories about The Royal Park depot. Many look a bit like propaganda, but there are also some reports of the conditions.

    Here are stories from 1900–09 and 1910–19.

  2. You could also try the services of Open Place. I’ve just added it to the list of links on the right-hand side, under the heading ‘Advocacy & Support’.

  3. Also, Pathways has information on their website:


  4. Thanks Monica for sharing this relevant information.

    Most generous of you!

  5. I found Shurlee Swain’s book ‘Single Mothers and Their Children’ provided valuable insights into what it was like for women in the late 1800s/early 1900s which is the time period I am currently researching for my family history. The bibliography has a list of archival sources that may also be of use to you.
    I viewed the ward register for my grandfather, who was admitted to Royal Park in 1894, at the Public Record Office. I located which volume he was in by viewing the microfische and then ordered the original. I would recommend visiting PROV if you are in Melbourne. They have research guides on their website that you can read before you start and they are very helpful when you do visit.

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