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Fairbridge Foundation (c. 1973 - c. 2016)

c. 1973
c. 2016
Non-denominational, Records Access Service and Records Holder
Alternative Names

The Fairbridge Foundation was establsihed in 1973 to administer the money derived from the 1973 sale of the Fairbridge Farm at Molong. It replaced the original Fairbridge Society, which was the administrative arm of Fairbridge in New South Wales and was headquartered in Sydney. The Fairbridge Foundation wound up in 2017 with a $24 million class action settlement scheme to compensate people who experienced child abuse at the Fairbridge Farm School in Molong.


The Fairbridge Foundation had the responsibility of distributing its revenues, as donations, to charitable institutions in New South Wales which care for the well-being of underprivileged children. The Foundation also had responsibility for the custody of the personal files of the children who passed through the Fairbridge Farm School at Molong.


 1935 - 1973 Fairbridge Farm Schools
       c. 1973 - c. 2016 Fairbridge Foundation

Related Archival Series



  • Hill, David, The Forgotten Children: Fairbridge Farm School and its betrayal of Australia's child migrants, Random House, North Sydney, 2007, 338 pp. Details
  • Humphreys, Margaret, Empty Cradles, Doubleday, London; Sydney, 2010, 331 pp. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Hyde, Penny, Investigating Molong's Fairbridge Farm School, ABC Central West NSW, 1 March 2013,; Molong Historical Society, Fairbridge and the Molong Community, Migration Heritage Centre New South Wales: NSW Government, 2010,; Old Fairbridgians Association, History of Fairbridge Farm School Molong NSW, Old Fairbridgians Association/Molong Historical Society,; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998,

Prepared by: Naomi Parry