On their own ? Britain?s child migrants

Message board - share your memories

Are you a former child migrant? Or has your family been affected by child migration from Britain to Commonwealth countries. We would love to hear from you. Please share your memories on our message board.

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Stanley Sephton

Friday 06 June 2014 21:29 GMT

I am trying to find information on 2 sisters, Jessie Ann Helston and Roseanna Ann Helston, both born in Devon in the 1850's and moved to Ireland. In late 1850 their Mother Charlotte Helston, formerly Greep died and their Father, Thomas Gould Helston remarried in 1861. I can find no information regarding the children after this date, but their Step Brother, Robert Odgers Greep became a Church of England Minister and was based in the Liverpool/Southport area,according to records available, Robert arranged for many children to be sent to either Canada or Australia, but I cannot trace any information regarding his sisters. Looking for suggestions or information in finding any records.

Flossy

Tuesday 03 June 2014 06:56 GMT

I wanna go home!!! All of my life ... those words have come from nightmares but now at fifty one ... I still want to go home. My nickname was Flossy. I was in Plympton and Mother our lady was my mum nun in Abortsford convent. I was in bendigo victoria when a family took me from saint lukes orphanage. I am traumatised and alone. Seven years my battle with post traumatic has endured without medication. I have a sister and brother who I had to leave at the orphanage. At the end of all of my letters, I always signed the word "holland" ... Hope Our Love Lasts And Never Dies. If only someone knew me? I knew people on wings for survivors website but got kicked out for swearing whilst being triggered off into trauma from stories I read. I see myself as a missing person so my hair is blonde with blue eyes. I have a beauty spot mole below the left side of my mouth and a larger mole on my left side near my underarm. I am desperate to find anybody who knows me.

gloria dian lachance

Monday 19 May 2014 15:06 GMT

my grandmother and her sister were sent to canada in 1912 from barnardo homes,to peterborough ,ont at hazelbrea homes. they were from a family of 8 childern and 3 of these kids were placed after there mother died in childbirth in 1904.they were fostered out in england from 1904 til 1912 . the brother was adopted by the foster family a mr.&mrs joseph& lavinia-anne gabriel. they never saw there father or siblings ever again.my heart breaks when i read these stories about the hardship of some of these childern.

CAROL CORNALL

Sunday 06 April 2014 03:20 GMT

I was born in Blackpool ,lived there till i was 12,left on the ORMONDE, 16TH october 1950,went to Bathurst ,then Yallourn hostels.we came to Queensland and settoled on the redcliffe peninsular,aged 76 now married for55 years, have three children,seven grandchildren and six great,would just love to hear from anyone ,Carol.

Anthony Chambers

Tuesday 18 March 2014 09:02 GMT

Hi Stuart, Try the site: ssAsturias that ship had Big Brother migrants as far as I know. The admin for the site might beable to help your quest. I am a former child migrant sent to NZ & check this message board regulary. Best of luck Tony.

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