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South Australia - Glossary Term

Farm School (1947 - )

Type of 'care'
Alternative Names
  • Training Farm

A Farm School was a Home for children, generally boys, on an agricultural property where they were trained in horticulture or farming techniques while carrying out most, if not all, labour required to run the property. These institutions were sometimes called Training Farms.


The first government farm school in South Australia was established in Naracoorte in 1947. It was known as the Struan Farm School and initially selected boys were transferred there from the Industrial School and/or Reformatory in the City.

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George