Group of women with children at Barambah Aboriginal Settlement 1911

1913 — The Dormitory system is expanded to include Mothers and their children. A policy of rescuing young women and children is introduced. It is not enough to remove them to a settlement for better care and protection, they have to be placed in a controlled environment. The dormitory system, which continued until the 1980s is a strict form of segregation and discipline.


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