Margaret River – 1898-1917

The Bussells first farm became a mission in 1898 and was known as Ellensbrook Farm Home. The mission was run by Miss Edith Bussell and housed up to ten Aboriginal children, as well as providing a temporary home for adults.

The children did mainly farm and domestic work and received only a basic education. When they were old enough, the girls went out to work as domestics and the boys worked for local farmers.[x]

Following cuts in government subsidies to missions, Ellensbrook was closed in 1917.

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