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The Farm School, Scone, New South Wales, Australia

The Farm School (or Farm House) was established by Barnardo's in around 1960 at Tooloogan Vale, Scone, New South Wales. It replaced Barnardo's previous Farm School at Mowbray Park, Picton.

Tooloogan Vale took boys aged from 15 to 16 years who had been emigrated from Britain and provided them with training in farming skills. In later years, the establishment also took boys who had been born in Australia.

The establishment was closed in 1982.


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  • Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
  • Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
  • Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
  • Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)