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Record #5419
Name :
: David BUCK (1927 - )

BMD and other details
Date of Birth
: 19 Jan 1927   Notes : Source: Fairbridge Kids

Marriage (1)
Marriage (2)

Date of Death
Abode (1) : Place of BirthEngland, London, St Pancras

Mar qtr 1927, 1b 59, mmn BUCK (FreeBMD)
Abode (2) : Place of Death / Burial
Sailing Information
Date of Arrival
: May 1933
: Australia

: Otranto

Placement Family
Homes / Agencys
Institution (GB)

: Fairbridge Homes
NotesBorn in Cobham, Surrey, Mstr David Buck, 6, arrived aboard the P & O ship Otranto on May 30, 1933 from London, in a party of more than 50 boys and girls bound for Fairbridge Farm School, Pinjarra, Western Australia.

Rhodes Cottage at Pinjarra's Fairbridge Farm became his home, and he remembers the cottage mothers with affection and gratitude, especially Hilda Fraser, who served the school for 20 years.

"Life may have been a bit rough," he admitted. He slept in a dormitory where half one wall was chicken wire and started each day with a cold shower.

"But we were well fed. It was the Depression, remember, and we had security. ..."

In 1934, aged only 6-1/2, David was the "baby" of Rhodes and one of its most popular residents. He was never ostracised; his popularity was always assured by the arrival of a parcel of the latest English comics sent by his mother and if you upset him you didn't get to read them.

As a meek Fairbridge youngster David is remembered for his initiative in taking on all-comers with a straw broom outside one of the Farm's toilets he was made to clean. He would march up and down with the broom as if he was guarding his castle, until his cottage mother caught him.

David Buck, who retired as Director of WA Education was a past president of the Old Fairbridgians and a director of Fairbridge (WA). He was a lecturer in maths education at Nedlands campus of WACAE, after many years as teacher and advisory teach in schools all over Western Australia. 
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Last Updated : 2009-03-14 14:18:44 /

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IDNameDOBPlace of birthArrivals & ShipsDest.AgencyFamily links
22726 BUCK, Annie E ENG,     - Unknown - CAN Unknown  
5419 BUCK, David1927ENG, LND, St Pancras May 1933 : Otranto AUS Fairbridge Homes  
3755 BUCK, Francis1900ENG,     May 1908 : Dominion CAN Barnardos  
20719 BUCK, Frederick James1909ENG,     Apr 1929 : Cedric CAN Church of England Waifs and Strays Association  
18155 BUCK, John R 1872ENG,     Aug 1887 : Parisian CAN Canadian Catholic Emigration Committee  
24467 BUCK, Mary1856 May 1870 : Moravian CAN Ragged Schools, London  
15397 BUCK, Patrick1881ENG,     1894 : - Unknown - CAN Unknown  
9792 BUCK, Robert1893ENG,     Sep 1901 : Tunisian CAN Barnardos  
14328 BUCK, William Morgan1888ENG,     Jul 1898 : Scotsman CAN Bristol Emigration Society