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This website aims to help researchers locate entries of interest in the historical records of the Sydney Benevolent Asylum for the period 1857-1900.

Between 1995 and 2007 we created this index of the inmates of the Asylum from records held at the  Mitchell Library in Sydney. The resulting database contains over 78,000 records and, as far as possible, is a listing of all Asylum inmates between 1857 and 1900.

We are grateful to The Benevolent Society for permission to prepare this index and to the staff of the Mitchell Library for their co-operation with our project.


We also thank the State Library of NSW for permission to reproduce the image 'Benevolent Asylum' (Government Printing Office, State Library of NSW ref 1-08079) on this website.


Heather Garnsey & Martyn Killion

Sydney, Australia




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