The Premier of Tasmania - Proposals Child Migration contains a plan, put forward by the Premier, Robert Cosgrove, for child migration to Tasmania using area schools.
Cosgrove was influenced by public discussion of immigration following World War Two. Cosgrove suggested setting-up a Department of Child Migration. He envisaged cottage homes, similar to those of the Fairbridge scheme, being attached to Tasmanian Area Schools to house the children. The plan reflects the romanticism surrounding child migration at the time.
The archival item also contains a letter from JS Collings, the Minister for the Interior, to inform Cosgrove that his plan would be forwarded to the Inter-Departmental Committee on Migration Policy for assessment.
Sources used to compile this entry: Coldrey, Barry, Good British stock: child and youth migration to Australia, National Archives of Australia, 1999, https://www.naa.gov.au/help-your-research/research-guides/good-british-stock-child-and-youth-migration-australia; Piggott, Michael, Commionwealth government records about Tasmania: research guide, Commonwealth of Australia (National Archives of Australia), 2013.
Prepared by: Leanne Howard
Created: 31 August 2011, Last modified: 26 November 2020