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Padbury Boys' Farm School (1946 - 1955)

  • Padbury Farm 1946 The first buildings and home garden

    Padbury Farm 1946 The first buildings and home garden, 1988, courtesy of Perth Diocesan Trustees, Anglican Church of Australia, Please see page 140.
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From
1946
To
1955
Categories
Anglican, Farm School, Home, Protestant and Receiving Agency

The Padbury Boys' Farm School was run by the Anglican Orphanages Committee as part of Swan Homes from 1946 to 1955, on land owned by the Anglican church in Stoneville. Boys were sent there to gain training and experience in farm work.

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The Padbury Boys' Farm School at Stoneville was part of the Swan Homes complex, established in 1946 to provide agricultural training to boys from Swan Homes. It was named in honour of two benefactors of Swan Homes: Mr Walter Padbury and his nephew, Matthew Padbury. Boys old enough to be 'trainees' were at first accepted to Padbury, but after 1948 'schoolboys' were also sent there. Boys cleared the land, erected buildings, worked on the farm, and helped put out bush-fires in the community.

School-age boys attended the Mt Helena Area School.

In 1955, the Padbury Boys' Farm School was closed, for financial reasons.

The Padbury Boys' Farm School was mentioned in the Lost Innocents Report (2001) as an institution involved in the migration of children to Australia.

Events

1946 - 1955
Location - Padbury Boys' Farm School was situated on 360 acres of land at off Stoneville Road, Stoneville. Location: Stoneville

Related Archival Items

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Publications

Books

  • Peterkin, A. Roy, The Noisy Mansions : the story of Swanleigh 1868-1971, Perth Diocesan Trustees, Anglican Church of Australia, Midland, Western Australia, 1986. pp. 99-101, 148. The relationships between Padbury Farm, Hillston, Swanleigh and Parkerville are explained at pages 208-210. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Coogee Home [I]
Title
Coogee Home [I]
Type
Image
Date
1931 - 1959
Source
Anglican Diocese of Perth, Western Australia, Archives

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Coogee Home [II]
Title
Coogee Home [II]
Type
Image
Date
1946 - 1948
Source
Anglican Diocese of Perth, Western Australia, Archives

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John Moss C.B.E. U.K. Child Welfare Expert. Visit to Australia. Part II
Title
John Moss C.B.E. U.K. Child Welfare Expert. Visit to Australia. Part II
Type
Document
Date
1951 - 1952
Source
National Archives of Australia
Note
There is information about the Padbury Farm School in the John Moss Visit to Australia file Part II, please see pp.30-31, 114

Details

The Noisy Mansions : the story of Swanleigh 1868-1971
Title
The Noisy Mansions : the story of Swanleigh 1868-1971
Type
Document
Date
1986

Details

Padbury Farm 1946 The first buildings and home garden
Title
Padbury Farm 1946 The first buildings and home garden
Type
Image
Date
1988
Source
Perth Diocesan Trustees, Anglican Church of Australia, Please see page 140

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, 'pp.400-401, Table 16: Historical Notes and Numbers of Young People at Hillston, Certain Years between 1952 and 1984', Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004, http://signposts.cpfs.wa.gov.au/pdf/pdf.aspx; Peterkin, A. Roy, The Noisy Mansions : the story of Swanleigh 1868-1971, Perth Diocesan Trustees, Anglican Church of Australia, Midland, Western Australia, 1986. pp. 99-101, 148. The relationships between Padbury Farm, Hillston, Swanleigh and Parkerville are explained at pages 208-210..

Prepared by: Debra Rosser