Annesfield, in Albany, was founded as a residential school for Aboriginal children in 1852 by Mr and Mrs Camfield. The first children had been transferred from the Fremantle Native School. The children who were living in Annesfield when it closed in 1871 were transferred to Bishop Hale's Institution for Native and Half-Caste Children in Perth.
In 1852 Mr Camfield was Government Resident at Albany. Mrs Camfield ran the school.
Children from Annesfield in Albany were sent to Perth when Annesfield closed in 1871. The 'Guide to Aboriginal Institutions' says that the students were transferred to the Perth Protestant Orphanage but Peterkin, in 'Noisy Mansions' said they were sent to a Native School in Perth and from there to Middle Swan in 1888.
Sources used to compile this entry: Green, Neville and Barrow, Gail, 'Aboriginal education', in Gregory, Jenny and Jan Gothard [editors] (eds), Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, W.A., 2009, pp. Pages 14-16. p.15.; Peterkin, A. Roy, The Noisy Mansions : the story of Swanleigh 1868-1971, Perth Diocesan Trustees, Anglican Church of Australia, Midland, Western Australia, 1986. p.4.; State Solicitor's Office of Western Australia, 'p.11', Guide to Institutions Attended by Aboriginal People in Western Australia, Government of Western Australia, 2005, http://web.archive.org/web/20140126131607/http://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/lantu/MediaPublications/Documents/Guide-to-Institutions-attended-by-Aboriginal-people-in-WA-2005.pdf.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 3 September 2012, Last modified: 12 November 2018