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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Jane Robinson

Monday 23 April 2012 15:27 GMT

Sadly I missed the exhibition here in the UK, but am fascinated by the subject. I'm an author & social historian writing a book (for Penguin) about the stigma of illegitimacy from 1918 to the 1960s, and know many child migrants were originally put in care because of the so-called 'shameful' circumstances of their birth. If anyone has family stories relating to this subject, I'd love to hear from you. More details on www.jane-robinson.com. Thank you.


Thursday 01 March 2012 12:01 GMT

Our children are 4 and 6, trying to be independent, but still very needy of love and support. My heart goes out to those children who were robbed of this at such a young age. I hope you find peace, love and support by allowing us to acknowledge your past.

Di madziala

Tuesday 14 February 2012 09:14 GMT

Hello we are making enquiries with regards to robert "bob" sellers born 17/5/49 He is gravely ill in orange base hospital and we are trying to track down any family members and records from England He was moved to molding nsw with the fairbridge foundation possibly aged 5-6 yrs and stayed there till 17 Please contact ASAP with any info with thanks Dianne

Malcolm Smith

Monday 13 February 2012 22:18 GMT

At the age of 14 I arrived in Australia with 2 younger brothers on the SS Asturias Sept. 1947.We were sent to Boystown where conditions were tough.I do have an older brother in the UK.who I am in contact with & have visited. Unfortunatly I never got to see my parents again.However I have been glad I was sent to such a Great Country. Would love to go back once again but would probably need a carer Wouldnt be great to go on ship. Would bring back memories.

D Madden

Monday 13 February 2012 22:17 GMT

I, too am looking for Hazelbrae info. re: Eliza Cutmore - Corinthian - 1911 - England to Peterborough, then on to Granton/St. Marys Ontario as a domestic. We (Family) know nothing of Eliza, other than after her marriage to a local farmer (Langford) , the birth of 4 children, and upon his death, her move to the Hamilton Ontario area. Looking to find out why she had to come to Dr. Barnardo's group, why Granton/St.Marys and who she worked for as a Domestic and what she did etc..... Her children have all passed on and present generations know nothing. Nothing was said of her "Home Child" status in the past, other than a couple of verbal references by one of her daughters. Thank you - Diane

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