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Using the ARK - Orphans

Applications for admission

The following two series have been filmed in one sequence.

NRS 782, Applications for admission into the Orphan Schools, 1825-33
(1 part roll of 35mm microfilm)
Reel 2776 part

These volumes comprise the petitions of parents (usually widows or widowers) or guardians of destitute or orphaned children begging that the child or children named in the petition be admitted to the Orphan Schools.

Each petition is accompanied by a certificate of baptism and a recommendation signed by a clergyman and magistrate of the appropriate district.

Item List

Reel Dates Item
2776 part 1825-28 [4/330]
1829-32 [4/331]
1833 [4/332]

Applications for children out of the Orphans Schools

NRS 783, Applications for children out of the Orphans Schools, 1825-33
(2 part rolls of 35mm microfilm)
Reels 2776 part, 2777 part

These volumes comprise letters, memorials and petitions addressed to the Orphan School committee by prospective employers wanting apprentices, and by parents or guardians requesting that children be returned to their custody.

Item List

Reel Dates Item
2776 part 1825-29 [4/333]
2777 part 1830-32 [4/334]
1833 [4/335]

Female Orphan School

NRS 793, Female Orphan School Admission books, 1817-32
(1 part roll of 35mm microfilm)
Reel 2777 part

These are registers of children admitted to the Female Orphan School. They show name, age on admission, date admitted, time of leaving the School, names of parents (where known), parents' occupations, residence and remarks.

Item List

Reel Dates Item
2777 part 1817-32 [4/350]
1820-30 [4/351]

Male Orphan School

NRS 796, Male Orphan School Admission books, 1819-33
(1 part roll of 35mm microfilm)
Reel 2777 part

These volumes record the names of boys admitted from the date of establishment of the School in January 1819. Number, name, age, date of admission and of leaving the School, names of parents, occupations, residence and remarks are recorded for each admission.

Item List

Reel Dates Item
2777 part 1819-33 [4/352]
1819-28 [4/353]