Current Projects

VernonI am currently working on a history of the ships Vernon and Sobraon (1867-1911). These ships became a public industrial school (as opposed to a reformatory) for ‘wayward’ boys and were moored at Cockatoo Island in Sydney (the Vernon from the 1860s, and the Sobraon later replacing the Vernon in the 1890s). My research is focused on the boys who were on board these ‘Nautical School Ships’, and the staff who taught and cared for them.