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This file refers to the Children's Overseas Reception Board Scheme (CORB), as it was called in Britain. Through this scheme, 577 British children were sent to Australia during World War II. Its purpose was to keep children safe from harm at a time when authorities thought Britain was going to be invaded. It was called the Overseas Children Scheme in WA. In this file, the names of children and their family addresses in Britain and names and addresses of their 'custodians' (the people they stayed with in WA) are listed, and there are progress reports on the children, who were all placed in family homes in WA.
Around 3,000 children were sent to Commonwealth countries and it was hoped that many more would go but the evacuations were stopped when two ships to Canada were torpedoed with 77 children's lives lost.
From the information in the file, it is possible to give some summary information about the children and young people who came to WA under this scheme.
The children came from all over England and also from Scotland, with most coming from the eastern counties of England.
Fifty six of the children had been to Western Australian schools since their arrival, and by September 1941, another 6 young people had jobs. Mostly, the children attended separate schools but there were some exceptions.
A few of the children spent time in hospital in Perth. One girl had a traffic accident, two boys had diphtheria, and there were a range of other childhood ailments.
Chapter 3 of the NAA guide Good British Stock is a good source of additional information about these records.
We do not currently have any records linked to this organisation, but records may exist. The Find & Connect Support Service can help people who lived in orphanages and children's institutions look for their records.
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The Find & Connect Support Service can help people who lived in orphanages and children's institutions look for their records.
22 March 2021
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00586
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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