Australian Child Migrants: Malta


Figure 1.-- Here is a photograph of immigrant Maltese children in Western Australia. It was taken at Bindoon Boys Town in 1952. The children were pupils of Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon, a Christian Brothers' school for day and residential students that is known as Bindoon Boys' Town.

Malta was a source of immigrant boys in Australia. Some groups, all boys, came from Malta during and after World War II. Malta was one of the most heavily bombed places during the War. The Island was near starvation when the Allies finally broke the Axis blockade. Both the Italians and Germans battered the Island for nearly 2 years. I am not sure who orgnized the migrnt groups to Australia. The Axis bombing killed many civilians. The Island was terribly battered, adversely affecting the local economy. I assume that the migrant boys lost their parents during the bombing. Here is a photograph of immigrant Maltese children in Western Australia (figure 1). The children are at the Bindoon Boys Town in 1952. The children were pupils of Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon, a Christian Brothers' school for day and residential students that is known as Bindoon Boys' Town. Bindoon is a small town located 87 km north of Perth. The school began with a group of about 32 boys who were transferred from Clontarf to Bindoon in 1942 during World War II. After the War, Bindoon became home for many migrant boys from both the United Kingdom and Malta. Migration from the UK ceased in 1957 and from Malta in 1965.







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