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Good British Stock: Child and Youth Migration to Australia


The Child Migrants Trust

In England and Australia, the organisation best placed to assist former child migrants to find relatives is the Child Migrants Trust. The Trust, established in Nottingham, England, in 1987, works on behalf of former child migrants who are seeking information about their childhood and family history, or who wish to be reunited with members of their family. The Trust has records of all births, deaths and marriages in England and Wales from 1890 to 1993. After research has located relatives, social workers perform the delicate task of counselling and making the first contacts between the client and family members. The Trust operates from two locations in Australia and one in the United Kingdom.

Child Migrants Trust Inc.
5 Thomas Street
Nedlands WA 6009
(PO Box 674, Nedlands WA 6009)
Tel: (08) 9386 3605
Fax: (08) 9386 3695

Child Migrants Trust
228 Canning Street
North Carlton Vic. 3054
Tel: (03) 9347 7403
Fax: (03) 9347 1791

Child Migrants Trust
28A Musters Road
West Bridgford, Nottingham,
NG2 7PL, England,
Tel: (0115) 982 2811
Fax: (0115) 981 7168

Barnardo's Australia

The Barnardo's After Care section provides a search facility for child migrants who were brought to Australia under Barnardo's schemes. The records consist primarily of a card index of all Barnardo migrants who came to Australia. Information on the card index includes name, date of birth, ship name and date of arrival, and any placement within New South Wales. The After Care Section can also retrieve the individual case records which are held in the Mitchell Library. Please note, however, that access to these records is limited to the surviving child migrant or their immediate next-of-kin.

Barnardo's Australia
After Care Service
60–64 Bay Street
Ultimo NSW 200
(Locked Bag 1 Million, Broadway NSW 2007)
Tel: (02) 9281 7933
Fax: (02) 9281 0441

Big Brother Movement

Ms Carolyn Nielsen
Big Brother Movement, NSW Office
PO Box N874
Grosvenor Place NSW 1220

Dreadnought Scheme

Canon Harold Rawson
Custodian, Dreadnought Scheme
Claremont Lane
Windsor NSW 2756

The Fairbridge Foundation

The Secretary
The Fairbridge Foundation
Trust Building
155 King Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Salvation Army

Salvation Army Archives
69 Burke Street
Melbourne Vic. 3000


Anglican Church Archives
373 Ann Street
GPO Box 421
Brisbane Qld 4001

Australian Child Migrant Foundation
Level 2, 459 Hay Street
Subiaco WA 6008

Christian Brothers Ex-Residents Services
PO Box 1129
Bentley Delivery Centre
Bentley WA 6952

Sybil McLaren-Carr
International Association of Former Child Migrants
PO Box 124
Christies Beach SA 5165

WA Institutions Reconciliation Trust
Level 6, 55 St George's Terrace
Perth WA 6000


Heritage Renfrew Home Children Committee
107 Erindale Avenue
Renfrew, Ontario
Canada, K7V 4G3

Mr John Willoughby
Chairman, Canadian Centre for Home Children
PO Box 2601
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Canada, CIA 8C3

United Kingdom & EIRE

British Boys Movement (formerly Big Brother Movement)

British Boys Movement
Canberra House
10–16 Maltravers Street
London, WC2

The Child Migrants Trust

Child Migrants Trust
28A Musters Road
West Bridgford
Nottingham, NG2 7PL
England (see entry under Australia)

Department of Health and Social Security

Department of Health and Social Security Liaison Officer
Records Branch, Room 101B
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE98 1YU


The Fairbridge Drake Society
202 Lambeth Road
London, SE1 7JW

International Red Cross

International Red Cross
Welfare Section
9 Grosvenor Crescent
London, SW1

International Social Services

International Social Services
Cranmer House
39 Brixton Road
London, SW9 6DD

Roman Catholic Organisations

The Catholic Children's Society
Westminster Crusade of Rescue
73 St Charles Square
London, W10 6EJ

Rev. Mother-General
Poor Sisters of Nazareth
Hammersmith Road
Hammersmith, London, W6 8DB

The Director, Father Hudson's Homes
Coleshill, Birmingham

The Catholic Rescue Society
St Vincent House
13 Westbourne Crescent
Whitechurch, Cardiff, CF4 2XN

Catholic Child Welfare Council
120 West Heath Road
London, NW3 7TY

Catholic Child Welfare Council
c/- Catholic Children's Society (Southwark)
49 Russell Hill Road
Purley, Surrey, CR8 2XB

Salvation Army

Salvation Army International Headquarters
101 Queen Victoria Street
London, EC4


Children's Home and Mission
Mill Grove
10 Crescent Road
South Woodford, London, E18

Church Army Headquarters
Independents Road
Blackheath, London, SE3

Church of England Children's Society
Edward Rudolf House
Margery Street
London, WC1X OEJ

The Director, Family Tracing Services
105–109 Judd Street
Kings Cross, London, WC1H 9TS

The Director, Invalid Children's Aid Society
126 Buckingham Palace Road
London, SW1W OEJ

The Director, Jewish Welfare Board of Guardians
315 Ballards Lane
London, N12 8LP

The Director, Middlemore Homes
6/113 Moseley Street
Highgate, Birmingham, B12 ORY

The Director, Mr Fegan's Homes, Incorporated
160 St James Road
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN12HE

National Children's Home
Highbury Park
London, N5 1UD

15 Belgrave Road
Rathmines, Dublin 6

Presbyterian Orphan Society
41 Howard Street
Belfast, BT1 6NE
Northern Ireland

Shaftesbury Homes
3 Rectory Grove
London, SW4

The Secretary, Smyly Homes
15 Rock Hill
Blackrock, Dublin

Thomas Coram Foundation
40 Brunswick Square
London, WC1N 1AZ