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Newspaper article on Margaret Henderson - The Ormonde

THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1947.
The Ormonde
THOUSAND MIGRANTS
Many Children Arrive By
The Ormonde
The first ship to arrive in Australia from Great Britain after having
been specially refitted for the carriage of migrants, the liner Ormonde
arrived at Fremantle yesterday. She had 1,085 passengers, almost
all of whom are intending settlers in Australia. Those disembarking
totalled 108.
Many of the migrants aboard the
Ormonde were children, and there
were five official parties of child mi-
grants under different schemes as
well as many children travelling
with their parents. Altogether there
were 291 children under the age of
12 years aboard the ship. That
they were popular with the crew is
shown by the action of the men in
paying for a prize, consisting of a
packet of sweets, a bar of chocolate
and a postcard of the ship, for each
one of them at a children's fancy
dress party held during the voyage.
Of those who landed at Fremantle,
88 were children who came under
the Roman Catholic migration
scheme. Aged from five to
14 years, they are from orphan-
ages in Scotland and England,
and were bound for various Roman
Catholic institutions in Western Aus-
tralia. They travelled under the
care of the Rev. Father R. Rogers,
who is on his way from London-
derry, Northern Ireland, to Tas-
mania, where he will do parish
work. He was assisted aboard the
ship by Dr. J. A. McCluskie, a psy-
chiatrist who, with his wife and four
children, intends to live in this State,
and by two Sisters and four nurses.
After landing, the children were
accorded a reception at St. Patrick's
Hall, Fremantle.
Among those welcoming a party
travelling under the Fairbridge Farm
Schools scheme was Mrs. Kingsley
Fairbridge, widow of the founder of
the scheme. There were 12 girls and
16 boys under this scheme, all going
to the farm school at Molong
(N.S.W.) The Rev. C. A. Guest,
who is travelling in charge of them,
said that this was the first lot of
Fairbridge children to come to Aus-
tralia since 1940. Another party
was expected to leave England next
month, probably again for Molong.
He could not say when a party for
the school in Pinjarra was likely to
leave Britain.
While the Ormonde was in port,
the Fairbridge party was entertained
by local Old Fairbridgeans, including
Mrs. Kingsley Fairbridge and one of
her sons (Dr. Rhodes Fairbridge).
During the morning they were taken
by bus to the South Perth zoo, and
then had lunch in picnic fashion in
King's Park.
Twenty boys and 18 girls arrived
under the Dr. Barnardo's Homes
scheme, bound for New South
Wales. Mr. W. Allen, a member of
the staff of the organisation in Lon-
don, is travelling in charge of the
party, and he said that this was the
first party of Barnardo children to
leave Britain since the war. Aged
from eight to 16 years, most of them
had had training in farm work.
Another party was expected to come
out soon. Dr. Barnardo's Homes
had already sent 5,000 children to
Australia and 26,000 to Canada, Mr.
Allen said.
Boy scouts and girl guides com-
bined to entertain the Barnardo
party yesterday, and before rejoin-
ing the ship they spent some time at
the Fremantle Y.M.C.A.
More young people for farms in
New South Wales are 22 Little
Brothers travelling under the Big
Brother scheme. Many of them had
been farming in England, said the
Rev. S. S. Ashfold, who is travelling
in charge of them. They are aged
16 and 17 years, and are the second
party under this scheme since the
war. Mr. Ashfold is a member of
the Brotherhood of the Good Shep-
herd at Dubbo (N.S.W.) and is re-
turning after 12 months' leave of
absence in Britain.
The Little Brothers were cared
for by members of the Victoria
League while the Ormonde was in
port.
Dr. Margaret Henderson, an old
girl of Presbyterian Ladies' College,
    Peppermint Grove, and a graduate
in medicine of the University of
Melbourne, is travelling as assistant
surgeon aboard the Ormonde, and
is also in charge of a party of 40
children under the Children's Over-
seas Reception Board scheme.
About half of these were evacuee
children during the war. Of the
total, 25 are for Melbourne, five for
Adelaide, three for Sydney and
seven for Brisbane. They were
entertained by members of the
Overseas League.
One of the Brisbane boys. Ray-
mond Willocks (15), was stricken
with acute appendicitis during the
voyage, and on the day before the
ship reached Colombo an operation
was necessary. Dr. Henderson per-
formed the operation herself, with
the assistance of other members of
the ship's staff, and is one of very
few women to have operated for
appendicitis at sea. She is a daugh-
ter of the Rev. Kenneth Henderson,
director of religious broadcasts of
the Australian Broadcasting Com-
mission. She has recently been do-
ing post-graduate work in London
and Switzerland.
Of the adult migrants, about 130
are building tradesmen and their
Some of the 1,085 passengers who arrived at Fremantle by the Ormonde yesterday from England.
Most of them intend to settle in Australia. The decks were lined as they had their first glimpse of
a new country.
families going to Sydney for W. J.
Ritchie and Co. Ltd., a Sheffield
firm which has obtained a contract
to build houses at Herne Bay for
the N.S.W. Housing Commission.
Mr. J. E. Smith, manager of the
company, said that Mr. Ritchie, its
principal, would shortly fly to Aus-
tralia, to which a large part of his
business would be transferred. The
first contract, which was a result of
Mr. Ritchie's visit to Australia last
May, was for 100 houses, and it was
expected that further contracts
would be signed. Every trade asso-
ciated with building of houses was
represented by the 50 skilled trades-
men in the party.
The newcomers were welcomed
aboard the ship by Senator Tangney,
representing the Minister for Im-
migration (Mr. Calwell), and by Mr.
E. M. Davies, M.L.C., and the pre-
sident of the Fremantle district
council of the A.L.P. (Mr. G. W.
Harris). They spoke over the loud-
speaker system of the vessel. At
the reception at St Patrick's Hall
the Minister for Lands and Im-
migration (Mr. Thorn) and the
Under-Secretary for Lands (Mr. H.
E. Smith) also took part in
the welcome.

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