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James Fleming - Victorian young offender

13 year old James Fleming from Perth explains the background that lead him to be sent to an Industrial school. In Victorian times, young orphans, beggars and vagrants would be sent to industrial school to learn a trade and to prevent them falling into a life of crime. James did not enjoy life at the Industrial School and he admits that he and a friend tried to burn it down in August 1877. James tells us how he and his accomplice, his friend George Fleming, were caught and convicted of "reckless fire raising". As a result they were sent to an even stricter institution, a reformatory school, for 3 years.

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