Tardun Farm School
Years of Operation1928 - 1967
Role Of FacilityResidential care for boys generally aged between 12 and 16 years, including unaccompanied child migrants from the UK and Malta, Wards of the state and private admissions.
Sponsoring AgencyChristian Brothers
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Address(es)Tardun, via Mullewa
AliasesSt Mary’s Agricultural School; Clontarf Farm School
Brief History“A Piece of the Story”, the National Directory of Records of Catholic Organisations Caring for Children Separated from Families ( ) indicates that Tardun was established “primarily to train orphan boys and Wards of the State, including child migrants from 1938, in agriculture and farming. In 1967 the school’s status changed from a child care institution to a conventional agricultural boarding school, and it continues as such today.” It is now known as Christian Brothers’ Agricultural School Tardun.
A limited chronology of the major events at Tardun, including admissions and discharges, is included in Table 55.
RecordsAdmission Registers 1928-1967, with varying amounts of information recorded thereon. Former child migrants can also access information held on the Personal History Index (PHIND).
Departmental case records for young people placed in Tardun programs by the Child Welfare Department or its successor agencies may reside with the Department for Child Protection.
AccessWhile access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire. Please note that Tardun is now an Agricultural College and does not hold any historical information on-site. Enquiries should be directed to the Archivist, below.
Contact DetailsThe Archivist, Christian Brothers’ Holy Spirit Province
PO Box 1129, Bentley DC 6983.
Telephone: (08) 9365 2813
Facsimile: (08) 9365 2814

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Department for Child Protection and Family Support
PO Box 6334, East Perth WA 6892
Telephone: (08) 9222 2555
Facsimile: (08) 9222 2776
Country free call: 1800 000 277