The Holy Child Orphanage was established by the Sisters of St John of God in 1941, in Broome. School-aged Aboriginal girls and 'working girls' were accommodated there. Girls and young people were placed by their families and by the Department of Native Affairs.
From 1942 to 1945, during World War II, Holy Child Orphanage moved to Beagle Bay, as Broome had been declared a military town and women and children were not permitted to live there.
School children attended St Mary's School in Broome. They wore blue uniforms and were known as the 'blue army' by people seeing them march to and from school.
The Holy Child Orphanage closed in December 1962.
13 September 2017
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