On their own - Britain's child migrants

Charles Scott – Dreadnought boy

Farm workers are taught milking with an artificial cow during Dreadnought training in 1926. Reproduced courtesy State Records NSW

"I applied to go to Australia with the Dreadnought Scheme as I was very fond of cricket. On arrival and afterwards I never saw a cricket ball."

With few job prospects in the aftermath of World War I, 18-year-old Charles Scott embarked for Australia as a Dreadnought Boy. He arrived in Sydney in 1924 and was taken to Scheyville training farm near Windsor to complete a basic agricultural course.

Charles’ first job was on a primitive property at Little Plain near Inverell, where he ran the farm and slept in a dirt floor shed. Charles quickly moved on to farms at Binya and Ardlethan until receiving word that his mother was ill at home. With the Great Depression taking hold he returned to London in 1930.

old camera

Vest Pocket Kodak camera

Charles used this Vest Pocket Kodak camera to photograph his voyages to and from Australia on TSS Euripides and SS Orsova as well as his experiences as a Dreadnought Boy in central New South Wales.

ANMM Collection Gift from Robin Scott



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