The Millions Club was founded in 1912 with the aim of making Sydney the first Australian city to reach a population of one million. It was founded by Arthur Rickard, a property salesman and developer, who enlisted the support of a number of leading politicians and businessmen. It was linked to the youth and child migration programmes of the Big Brother Movement and Dr Barnardo's Homes. The Millions Club later became The Sydney Club.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Child migration', in Barnardos Australia: We Believe in Children: History, Barnardos Australia, c. 2014, http://www.barnardos.org.au/about-us/history/child-migration-program/; Coldrey, Barry, Good British stock: child and youth migration to Australia, This is a research guide published by the National Archives of Australia. It contains detailed historical information about Australia's immigration policy and child and youth migration to Australia. It also has information about relevant archival records in Australia and overseas relating to child and youth migration., National Archives of Australia, 1999, http://guides.naa.gov.au/good-british-stock/; Spearritt, Peter, 'Rickard, Sir Arthur (1868-1948)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University and Melbourne University Press, 1988, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/rickard-sir-arthur-8206.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 13 November 2012, Last modified: 30 May 2014