Research Guide for
The following information is designed to assist you with research so you
can find out more about a particular orphan or about the Orphan Schools in
- Read the information available on this website using the menu list on the
left of the screen.
- For example the 'History' button provides a brief history of the site as
well as research information and further reading to assist with details.
- Also explore the 'Special Interest 'button as this will provide
information about the orphans including general notes about the Orphan
- Subscribe to the online Newsletter. This provides further snippets of
information provided by the research group.
- If you are interested in a particular orphan then explore the search page
for Find an Orphan. This gives details about where the records come from.
- Perhaps you want to know more about a particular orphan or one of the
people who worked with the orphans? The Archives Office of Tasmania provides
Name Indexes that you can search online. Try them all as this will improve
your chances of finding information. You may be able to find the names of an
orphan's parents, arrival dates, birth, marriage and death details about
your orphan. Remember to check dates and names to make sure you have
information from the same family. Also be aware that the names you are
researching may have been spelt in different ways.
- If you want to know more about the living conditions within the Orphan
Schools you will need to read a range of reports, and newspaper articles
which describe the daily routines experienced by the orphans. Check the date
that your orphan was known to be at the orphanage then look for documents
written at a similar time. Some of these reports and newspaper articles will
have been included in the Friends of the Orphan School Newsletter. Once you
have an idea of how the orphans lived combine the information in your own
words adding opinions and observations from the authors of the reports.
- Remember to acknowledge your sources in your bibliography.
- Join in some of the events advertised on the Friends of the Orphan School
website and talk to the other people who attend. Many of these people have
interesting information to share. Remember to bring a paper and pen to write
- Try putting your orphan's name into a Google search and use the Feeling
Lucky option; this can sometimes give you bonus information.