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Historical Records request

The Historical Records Department provides access to historical records of former residents of The Salvation Army institutions across the country.

This is a free and confidential service to applicants who have satisfied our requirements of identification, consent and proof of relationship to access these records. The Salvation Army is committed to caring for people by protecting the personal information we hold and upholding the Australian Privacy Principles.

Please follow the steps below to request your records

  1. Read the Overview for Applying for Historical Records document. This describes the various reasons you may be seeking historical records and the type of information required for those searches
  2. Complete the Application for Records Request form and, if making a request on behalf of a third party, the Consent of Careleaver Form form
  3. Return the forms to us along with other required documentation as outlined in the Overview document. Please email: historicalrecords@salvationarmy.org.au or post: Historical Records Department, Centre for Restoration – The Salvation Army, PO Box 479, Blackburn VIC 3130.

If this search for records is also part of your journey for redress, whether it is for pastoral, emotional or financial support, please visit the Centre for Restoration site for their contact details.

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