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Anglican Church says email shows police officer knew about boys’ home archives

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The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle says it has found an email which shows a police officer was told about boys’ home archives, contrary to his claims.

Earlier this month the detective told the ABC his search for St Albans boys’ home records turned up nothing and he was never aware archives were stored at the University of Newcastle.

The Diocese’s Director of Professional Standards Michael Elliott said he sent a 2010 email, telling the detective about the records.

“I personally searched through our archived records on hand at the University of Newcastle and advised detectives what records were available,” Mr Elliott said.

Mr Elliott said abuse survivors could have confidence in the church’s recordkeeping.

When first approached about the allegations of missing records the Diocese told the ABC it still retained some historical records from St Albans, but did not mention the university archives.

 

Read More: ABC, 21 June 2016. and Archivist comes forward with details about boys’ home records thought to be missing

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