On their own - Britain's child migrants


Children - building blocks of empire

A documentary about the history of child migration schemes and reasons behind them.

Further information is in the Empire and Dominions section of the exhibition.

Two Voyages - part one

In this dramatisation child migrant Mary tells us about her experiences during her voyage from Liverpool to Canada on board Allan Line ship 'Sarmatian' in 1878.

Two Voyages - part two

In this dramatisation child migrant William talks about his experiences sailing from London to Australia in 1950 on board 'SS Ormonde'.

Two Voyages was filmed on location at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Read more about the experiences of child migrants in The voyage.

Credits for Children – building blocks of empire

Image sources

National Museums Liverpool
Australian National Maritime Museum

Action for Children
Child Migrants Trust
Tony Chambers
Peter Gould
Middlemore Atlantic Society
Quarriers Canadian Family
Mary Evans Picture Library
Library and Archives Canada
Niagara Historical Society & Museum
Bodleian Library
National Archives
Powerhouse Museum
National Library of Australia
National Archives Australia
Australian War Memorial
Ellie Ormrod

Film sources

National Film & Sound Archive
Screen Australia
Thought Equity Motion
British Pathe
The British Film Institute


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