Office and dormitory area at Barambah Aboriginal Settlement c1930

We are confined to the settlement, only leaving with permission from the superintendent. In the dormitories, children and young mothers are segregated from other people in the camp.
Pictured: Part of the Administration Domain – The Office, Boys Dormitory, Mothers Quarters, Women’s Gaol and Girls Dormitory.
In the foreground is the cricket pitch where Eddie Gilbert practices his bowling.


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