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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Saturday 12 January 2013 08:59 GMT

My two Great Uncles were shipped out to Australia as child migrants. Their names were Arthur and Edward Curtis. They had a younger sister who stayed with their father in England. I can only imagine the loss of family felt by these two small boys and what it was like to go back to England as an adult to rem met family members.

Jim Green

Friday 20 July 2012 10:40 GMT

Sent to OZ from Tilbury on Oct 10th 1947 aboard the ' Ormonde ',I was sent to Castledare Boys Home in Perth. I also was in Clontarf and Bindoon Boys Home. The treatment that I was to experience there, can be described as nothing short of abominable.Bindoon was the time when the average youth is deep into their educations....we were deep into cement and sand building large ugly concrete and stone structures as a legacy for Paul.F.Keaney and his religious organisation: In June 1948, 492 Jamaicans were disembarking at Tilbury to settle in our land of England!

Denise Lord Dempsey

Friday 11 May 2012 06:15 GMT

I recently went to see the exhibition at the Migration Museum when it came to Melbourne. My father was in the second lot of chldren who came out to Australia in 1938 to Fairbridge Farm at Molong. This exhibition was for me very moving and extremely emotional because having lived with my father's history all my life seeing and reading all the other stories bought back memories of anecdotes of my father's life and despite many negative aspects of the child migrants lives in Australia his was a very positive one in that he had the chance of a " new " life and embraced it totally. Of course there was no love and that did affect him in later years but he learnt skills that changed his life and enabled him to live a far better life than he ever would have had if he had stayed in England.

Arthur G. Perry

Sunday 29 April 2012 01:35 GMT

I would like to talk again with James Reardon. Arthur Perry


Saturday 28 April 2012 21:11 GMT

I spent many years looking for my mother's cousin who was born in 1893. In 1896 his father died. His mother managed to keep him until l902 when he was sent to Melbourne. He was in the Australisn army in WW1 and died in Belgium in 1917. He managed to see some of the family while on leave in the U.K. He died a month later. We don't know how he was treated in Australia. He was a wanted child but circumstances dictated his future.

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