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Victoria - Archival Item

Dhurringile Farm School for Migrant Boys. Part 1 (1948 - 1951)

Reference No
A445, 133/2/25
Legal Status
National Archives of Australia Reference Number

'Dhurringile Farm School for Migrant Boys. Part 1' (A445, 133/2/25) is the title of the first part of a correspondence file held by the National Archives of Australia. It includes correspondence about the Presbyterian Church's involvement in bringing child migrants to its property Dhurringile near Tatura, Victoria. These records are digitised and available online.


Access Conditions

Open access.

Correspondents include A. G. Harrison (Superintendent of Social Services, Presbyterian Church), the Minister for Immigration, Arthur Calwell, and R. H. Wheeler (an officer of the Immigration Department). There is much discussion over the renovations needed and their cost, and whether enough boys can be recruited from the UK among the correspondence. Finally, 'approved status' was gained and close to the end of the file is a cutting from The Age (Melbourne), 9 December 1950 noting the imminent arrival of the first party of boys for Dhurringile [taken from the Research Guide: 'Good British stock: child and youth migration to Australia'].

NOTE: There is a digital copy of these records available on the National Archives of Australia website.

Paper files, Digital

Prepared by: Rosemary Francis