Where did the children go?

Child migration schemes were subject to very little regulation, and it is impossible to know how many children came to Australia, when they arrived or where they went. Records were erratic and incomplete, a result of poor record-keeping, incompetence or – as a 2001 parliamentary inquiry found – fraud and criminal neglect. This is the most complete list of receiving institutions available at this time.

Western Australia

St Vincent's Orphanage, Castledare

Clontarf Boys' Town, Perth

St Mary's Agricultural School, Tardun

St Joseph's Farm & Trade School (later known as Bindoon Boys' Town), Bindoon

Nazareth House, Geraldton

St Joseph's Orphanage, Subiaco

St Vincent's Foundling Home, Subiaco

St Joseph's Home, Kellerberrin

Fairbridge Farm School, Pinjarra

Swan Homes, Perth

Padbury Boys' Farm School, Stoneville

'Seaforth' Home, Gosnells

Methodist Girls' Homes, Mofflyn

New South Wales

Dr Barnardos Farm School, Picton

Dr Barnardos Girls' Home, Burwood

'Greenwood' Dr Barnardos Boys' & Girls' Home, Normanhurst

Church of England Boys' & Girls' Home, Carlingford

Fairbridge Farm School, Molong

'Dalmar' Methodist Home for Children, Carlingford

Burnside Presbyterian Orphan Homes, Parramatta

Monte Pio Girls' Orphanage (possible), Maitland

Murray Dwyer Boys' Orphanage, Mayfield

St Brigid's Orphanage, Ryde

St John's Orphanage, Thurgoona

St Joseph's Orphanage, Kenmore (possible)

St Joseph's Girls' Orphanage, Lane Cove

St Vincent's Boys' Home, Westmead

'Melrose' United Protestant Association Home, Parramatta

Arncliffe Girls' Home, Arncliffe

Bexley Boys' Home, Bexley

Canowindra Girls' Home, Canowindra

Goulburn Boys' Home, Goulburn


Burton Hall Training Farm, Tatura

St John's Home, Canterbury

Dhurringile Training Farm, Tatura

Methodist Home, Cheltenham

Methodist Home for Children, Wattle Park, Burwood

Nazareth House, Camberwell

Northcote Farm School, Glenmore, Bacchus Marsh


Riverview Training Farm, Ipswich

St George's Children's Home (possible), Parkhurst

St Joseph's Children's Home, Neerkol

St Vincent's Children's Home (possible), Nudgee

Marsden Home for Boys (possible), Kallangur

South Australia

Methodist Children's Home, Magill

St Vincent de Paul's Orphanage, Goodwood


Clarendon Home for Children, Kingston

Hagley Farm School, Launceston

St John Bosco Boys' Town, Hobart

St Joseph's Orphanage (possible), Hobart

St Joseph's Waterton Hall (possible), Rowella

Tresca House, Exeter

Lost Innocents: Righting the Record – Report on child migration, Commonwealth of Australia, 2001