Hi to all Oldfairbridgians. The Bi Annual 79th AGM was held on the 19th March 2017 in Penrith NSW. 35 Old Fairbridgians travelled to attend this meeting. A good roll up.
The Fairbridge Foundation is in the process of winding up due to the settlement of the class action in 2016. The files in relation to all the activities of the Foundation have now been transferred to the NSW Dept. of Family and Community Services. Contact Abigail Wallace on 02 9716 3499 or Abigail.Wallace@facs.nsw.gov.au. There are over 373 files relating to the activities of the Foundation.
David Hill has presented a submission to the UK independent inquiry into Childhood Sexual Abuse in March 2017. David is a key participant to the enquiry. A further submission will be made by David in July 2017.
The submission relates to the experience of David and others who were sent from the UK to the Fairbridge Farm School at Molong in NSW.
The submission relates to” The Protection of Children outside the United Kingdom” and specifically the “Investigation into the Child Sexual Abuse related to Child Migration Programmes”
*** Whether government departments,public authorities, private and /or charitable institutions based in England and Wales took sufficient care to protect children involved in child migration programmes;
*** The extent to which government departments,public authorities private and /or charitalbe institutions based in England and Wales were aware or should have been aware of allegations or evidence of sexual abuse concerning children in child migration programmes,and whether appropriate steps were taken in response.
***The adequacy of support and reparations offered to individuals who suffered sexual abuse relation to their inclusion in child migration programmes.
David goes on to write. In 2006 I wrote a book titled “The Forgotten Children”. You would be aware of the litigation that followed and the award of damages of $AU 24 million in 2015 to the former Fairbridge children who were sexually and other wise abused at the Farm School. The defendants in the case included the Australian Federal Govermment, the NSW state government and the Fairbridge Foundation of NSW.
But the British and the UK Fairbridge Society were every bit as guilty.. My submission will include evidence that the British Government and the UK Fairbridge Society, did not take care to protect children at the FFS in Molong. Regards David Hill.
The May 2017 edition is now being prepared. It will be sent out in late May.
The newsletter editor June Piercy email is email@example.com
Contributions for the May 2017 newsletter are now invited.
This website is for the former children of the Fairbridge Farm School Molong NSW who migrated from Britain to Australia between 1938 and 1974.
Many of the children who attended the Farm School have lost contact with each other and the Association. It is important that we establish contact with each other for the future generations.
This website is also a tool to preserve the history and the memories of the Farm School and to honour the Founder, Kingsley Fairbridge.
Find more information on the Fairbridge Scheme click here.
** SPECIAL APPEAL.
Details are requested for all deceased OF’s. If the children and or relatives are viewing this post, please assist. This is very important, due to the passage of time and information being lost. We can honour these OF’s, by us posting this information on the Vale section. Please assist.
A complete listing of all the known deceased Old Fairbridgians, from 1945 to 2014, is listed in the VALE section. Every attempt has been made for accuracy. Your comments on the deceased are invited in the Comment/Response section, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
** Fairbridge Tales. If you have any stories, post them on the submission section directly on the web or email them to email@example.com. Stories by Derek Moriaty , Arthur Novis, Robert Taylor, Nyasa Holmes( nee Woods), Rob Durose and most recently, father and son Morrisson. Also recently, stories by George Wilkins , Brian Kirkby, Michael Pass, Billy Hall ,Ron Sinclair and Ron Lord a member of the public. Michael Pass has just posted a tribute to Cyril Lord.
*** A recent link to Fairbridge Canada has been posted, see the links section for all connections.
*** Website. A website for finding and tracing family is findandconnect.gov.au.
*** It should be noted that other web sites for the OFA are no longer ACTIVE . The historical information on them is however still relevant, but the contact details displayed, are not correct.
**** SPECIAL NOTICE.
The Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse submissions have now closed this being the 30th September 2016. The Commission will terminate in December 2017. Ring Danielle Redmond on 0477 392 754 Or ring 1800 099 340 if you require any information.