The Big Brother Movement was founded in 1925 by Sir Richard Linton to facilitate migration of young men to Australia from the UK. Australia was in need of strong and willing young men seeking adventure and a new life away from home. The first group of more than 80 “little brothers” as they became known sailed from England on the Jervis Bay arriving in Australia on December 14th 1925.
In 1983, with the termination of the sponsorship scheme due to changing migration rules, the farm was sold and the funds invested. These funds enabled the organisation to evolve into its current form, BBM Youth Support.
BBM Youth Support has the same focus as the Big Brother Movement – to provide young people on the cusp of adulthood with life-changing opportunities, and a lifetime of opportunity to give back to the community and nation which supports them. Read more about what BBM Youth Support does here.
Today there are hundreds of Little Brothers still in contact with us. The Big Brother Movement maintains an archive and historical records of the Little Brothers arriving in Australia from 1925 to 1982. Often this archive is the only official record that Little Brothers have of their great journey to the new land of opportunity.