Good Samaritan Archives, Sydney

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Good Samaritan Archives, Sydney

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • The Sisters of the Good Samaritan (SGS) of the Order of St Benedict
  • Good Samaritan Sisters' Archives, Sydney


  • Religious

Contact area





Street address

2 Avenue Road, Glebe Point Postal address: PO Box 1076 Glebe Point NSW 2037




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 8752 5340




Description area


For information about the history of the Good Samaritan Sisters, see

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Archivist

Records management and collecting policies

The Good Samaritan Sisters’ Archives contain the records generated by the Sisters and institutions, such as schools, orphanages, women’s refuges and homes for the aged and disadvantaged, for which the Sisters were and are responsible in Australia, Japan, Kiribati and the Philippines.



These holdings include:
In-house documents from the administrative offices of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan;
Documents relating to institutions for which the Sisters of the Good Samaritan are responsible;
Admission registers and other documents relating to:

  • Pitt Street Women’s Refuge Sydney (House of the Good Shepherd), 1857-1901
  • Parramatta Roman Catholic Orphan School, 1877-1886
  • Manly Industrial School/Orphanage, 1881-1910
  • St Magdalen’s Retreat, Tempe, Arncliffe, 1887-1989
  • Buckingham Street, St Magdalen’s Refuge, 1903-1946
  • Good Samaritan Teachers’ Training College, 1905-1983
  • Mater Dei Orphanage, Narellan, 1910-1958
  • Crystal Brook Orphanage/Shelter, SA, 1940-1979.
    Photographs, films, slides, videos, memorabilia relating to the above;
    Theses and private publications of Good Samaritan Sisters.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Guide to Good Samaritan Generalate Archives, Glebe Point, Sydney NSW
Trower, Ursula, Guide to Visitors Book of R C Orphan School Parramatta, 1863-1886
McGlynn and Trower, Guide to Photographic collection - Good Samaritan Generalate Archives
McGlynn and Trower, Guide to Registers RC Orphan School, Parramatta, Tempe Women's Refuge, Manly Industrial School/Orphanage
McGlynn and Trower, Guide to Foundation and Associated Ministries of SGS
McGlynn, Marie, 'Growth of Religious Institute' Tjurunga. Benedictine Union of Australian and New Zealand, Vol 39 (Sept, 1990): 90-111.

Access area

Opening times

Open by appointment Mondays to Thursday 9am to 3pm.
Closed Christmas school holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

Application for access form to be completed. At least one day's advance notice of visit required. Access to records which are not normally available for research can be gained by permission from Superior General.


Services area

Research services

General reference assistance available.

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 1 April 2019




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

2 Avenue Road, Glebe Point
Postal address: PO Box 1076 Glebe Point NSW 2037
Sydney, New South Wales 2037