In the early 1890s, the Wollongbar Experimental Farm was established by the NSW Colonial Government. Its aim was to experiment with different crops and animal husbandry techniques to inform the farming activity of settlers in the district. However, its role shifted overtime as new needs emerged for the Government.

After WWI, the Wollongbar Experimental Farm was offered up to house and train child migrants who came to Australia as part of the Dreadnought Scheme. This scheme was one of a number of child migration programs that operated in the early twentieth century to assist in placing youth in employment where labour shortages existed.

Fear Not is told through the eyes of a Dreadnought boy - Archie. It is a recreated composite story of the experience of the many child migrants who came to Wollongbar between the years 1938 and 1943.

By Hannah and Mobina of Alstonville High School and Karenza Ebejer in collaboration with Alstonville Plateau Historical Society and Bob Smith.




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