The 'Ross Fact-Finding Mission' was a 1956 visit by a British team of inspectors to Australian institutions where British child migrants were living. It was led by Mr J. Ross, who reported to the British government on the systems in place for the care of those migrant children in Australia.
The 'Ross Report' was the result of a 'Fact-Finding Mission' led by the British Under-Secretary of State for the Home Office, Mr J. Ross to inspect Australian institutions where British child migrants were living in 1956 and report to the British government on the systems in place for the care of those migrant children in Australia. The Empire Settlement Acts 1922 (UK) were due to expire in 1957 and the British government was keen to know if it should continue to subsidise child migration to Australia. The Ross Report was 'unenthusiastic' about child migration and critical enough about some institutions (Bindoon, for example) that the Australian government would not publish the report until Australian officials had made their own inspections.
Reports on the institutions covered the following topics:
Sources used to compile this entry: Coldrey, Barry M., The Scheme: the Christian Brothers and Childcare in Western Australia, Argyle-Pacific Pub., O'Connor, W.A., 1993. pp.338-340.; Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, 'Submission No. 42 Inquiry into Child Migration', in Inquiry into child migration, Senate Community Affairs Committee, Commonwealth of Australia, 2001, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/completed_inquiries/1999-02/child_migrat/submissions/sublist.htm. pp.24-25.; Peterkin, A. Roy, The Noisy Mansions : the story of Swanleigh 1868-1971, Perth Diocesan Trustees, Anglican Church of Australia, Midland, Western Australia, 1986. pp.91, 159..
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 8 March 2013, Last modified: 23 June 2014