The Fairbridge Society, a philanthropic society that ran child migration schemes which brought many children from Britain to Australia, was established in England in 1908. In South Australia, the Fairbridge Society ran Drapers' Hall from 1962 to 1981. In the United Kingdom in 1987, the Fairbridge Society merged with the Drake Fellowship to form a youth charity entitled Fairbridge Drake.
The Fairbridge Society Inc (London) was established in Oxford, England in 1908 by Kingsley Fairbridge, and was initially known as the Child Emigration Society of Oxford. The Fairbridge Society was a philanthropic society that sponsored and implemented schemes for the emigration of children from Britain to its colonies, including Australia. The Fairbridge Society ran or was involved in running various Farm Schools and Homes around Australia, beginning with the Fairbridge Farm School at Pinjarra in Western Australia in 1913. In South Australia, the Fairbridge Society opened Drapers' Hall in 1962. Drapers' Hall closed in 1981. Draper's Hall was the last Fairbridge institution to open, and, along with Pinjarra, it was the last to close. In 1987 the Fairbridge Society, in conjunction with the Drake Fellowship, formed a youth charity entitled Fairbridge Drake to assist marginalised and disadvantaged young people in the United Kingdom.
Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005, http://nunku.org.au/resources/; Grant, Elspeth, 'Latecomers: The Fairbridge Society in South Australia', History Australia: journal of the Australian Historical Association, vol. 9, no. 2, 2012, pp. 48-68.
Prepared by: Ann McCarthy
Created: 16 February 2011, Last modified: 15 May 2015