George Brown College at Haberfield was a hostel used to house 20 Aboriginal children who had been evacuated from Croker Island (Northern Territory) during World War II by the Church Missionary Society. While staying at George Brown College, the Croker Island children attended Haberfield Public School. The evacuees had left by 1946.
Claire Henty-Gebert, one of the Croker Island evacuees, has written that she was told the hostel had a giant bed made for the Queen Salote of Tonga but she never saw it.
Sources used to compile this entry: Henty-Gebert, Claire, Paint Me Black: Memories Of Croker Island And Other Journeys, Aboriginal Studies Press for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra, 2005, 72 pp, https://aiatsis.gov.au/publication/35669.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 20 November 2012, Last modified: 16 May 2017