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Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives$
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Jon Lawrence and Pat Starkey

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236764

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312816

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Fairbridge Child Migrants

Fairbridge Child Migrants

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Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives

Geoffrey Sherington

Liverpool University Press

This chapter concentrates on the work of the Fairbridge Society, which was responsible for about half of all child migrants who travelled to Australia, and emphasises some of the distortions that can creep into popular mythology as particular social issues become fashionably shocking. It focuses on four groups of Fairbridge child migrants who came to Pinjarra, which was the original Fairbridge farm. The role of the Poor Law homes and local government authorities in the recruitment of Fairbridge children is significant in the history of the Fairbridge migration scheme. Many parents enrolled children into what they saw as an imperial emigration scheme. It is noted that the arrivals at Pinjarra in 1949 may have had the least traumatic experiences of all the groups considered here. Furthermore, the data showed that the Fairbridge farm itself became far more institutionalised and even ossified in its methods and approaches.

Keywords:   child migrants, Fairbridge Society, Australia, Pinjarra, Fairbridge farm, Poor Law, Fairbridge migration scheme

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