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Various programs were run for the children of migrants, particularly via hostels and community organisations such as the Good Neighbour Council. At hostels, child care centres and pre-schools were established for the early education of migrant children, including English language programs to assist with integration into the community. Sporting, art and leisure activities helped keep children entertained and healthy. Outdoor camps and excursions provided fitness, new skills and familiarity with the Australian environment. The National Archives holds a number of photographs of migrant children enjoying these programs. The photographs were used as promotional material to attract new migrants through advertising the happy, healthy lifestyle and assistance that families would enjoy in Australia. They also contain a message for an Australian audience, portraying the children of migrants – who swim, play cricket and explore the bush – as friendly, relatable and assets to their new communities.

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