Blacktown Native Institution closes

Blacktown Native Institution is starved of support, has few children, and is closed down. The few remaining children are transferred to the Parramatta Orphan school. This imposing stone building on the banks of the Parramatta river is cold and run like a prison. Many children both Koori and European die from influenza , measles and typhoid. In one year in the 1840s, over one hundred infants perish.

  • Orphan school Parramatta
  • Thomas Children, removed by Benevolent Society,1876