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Tasmania - Glossary Term

Youth Migrant (c. 1920 - c. 1970)

c. 1920
c. 1970
Glossary Term
Alternative Names
  • Juvenile migrant (Also known as)

A youth migrant was a young person between the ages of 15-19, who had left school and decided to migrate to Australia on his or her own or to precede the rest of the family. In the early to mid-twentieth century, a number of youths emigrated to Tasmania to work on farms.


Between 1948 and 1964, the Big Brother Movement brought out 161 British youths aged 15 and 16 and placed them on rural properties.

The Young Men's Christian Association considered bringing some youth migrants to Tasmania but apparently never did.

Prepared by: Rosemary Francis and Caroline Evans