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Good British Stock: Child and Youth Migration to Australia


Good British Stock: Child and Youth Migration to Australia

Published by the National Archives of Australia


Barry Coldrey

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This guide is number 11 in the series of Research Guides published by the National Archives of Australia.

Between 1901 and 1983, thousands of unaccompanied young people, mainly from Britain, came or were sent to Australia as permanent settlers. For some it was a fresh start and relief from grinding poverty; for others it was a heartbreaking wrench from family. Records in the collection of the National Archives of Australia are a rich source of information about the processes of government decision-making and administrative practice on child migration, as well as the service organisations and churches that sponsored the children and provided for their education, placement and after-care.

Barry Coldrey holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne. His PhD, published in 1988, Faith and Fatherland concerned the influence of the Christian Brothers on Irish revolutionary nationalism from 1838 to 1921. Since 1989 he has been researching child migration and related issues and has published a number of books and articles on the subject.

Guides include the material known to be relevant to their subject area but they are not necessarily a complete or definitive guide to all relevant material in the collection.

Records cited here which were less than thirty years old at the time of the guide's preparation are included for the sake of completeness but will usually be available for public access only when they reach thirty years of age. Some records or portions of records in this guide were not available for public access at the time of preparation because of the need to protect personal information. Check the National Archives RecordSearch database to see whether these restrictions still apply. Reference staff can advise you how to appeal against any restrictions.

The National Archives reviews its collection to confirm the value of records for research, evidential and other purposes or to identify, in consultation with agencies, records for destruction. At the time of publication all the records described in this guide were present in the Archives collection. However, it is possible that some of the records may be destroyed if they are reviewed and considered not to be of enduring value. If this occurs the guide will be revised accordingly.

© Commonwealth of Australia 1999

First published 1999
First published online 1999

ISSN 1442-8245
ISBN 0 642 34410

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the National Archives of Australia. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be directed to the Publications Manager, National Archives of Australia, PO Box 7425, Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610, Australia.

The author wishes to thank the staff of the National Archives of Australia, the Director of the Public Record Office, Kew, London, the Director of the Archives of the University of Liverpool, and Professor Geoff Sherington, Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Sydney, for their advice and assistance in the preparation of this guide.

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