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.

Please read these notes before you add a message. Anything posted on this message board may be used in publicity related to the exhibition.

michael oliver

Saturday 28 May 2011 04:25 GMT

my father was a child migrant and i am trying to research our family

robyn gould

Friday 20 May 2011 04:49 GMT

My grandmother's father was killed in WW1 in France, before she was born. Without social security my great grandmother left her with her married sister, to seek work. Nan's first recollection of seeing her own mother was when she was 6. A well dressed young lady came to visit and Nan was informed that this was her mother. She was also told that she was to leave with her in the next few days to sail to Australia! Nan came down with scarlet fever and couldn't go. When she recovered she was sent out alone. Six years old and all alone across the seas to Australia. She tells us that a Salvation Army Captain and his wife looked out for her on the passage out. Whenever Nan saw the "Salvos" collecting money she would always put some money in their tin, no matter how little she had herself. She still has a newspaper photo, which captured the moment when they were reunited for the second time. The the adventure in Australia began...but that's another story

Robert Stephens

Friday 13 May 2011 05:32 GMT

Whilst child migration was a very important part of Australia's social history we should never forget what a lot of these children suffered and lived through. We should never underestimate the contribution they have made to this country. However most importantly we must never allow these conditions that they lived through to ever happen again regardless of the political situation with regard to current migration issues.


Friday 13 May 2011 05:30 GMT

I'm not sorry all the stories telling us how bad Australia and UK was. I wasn't there I did not do it and I'm not sorry. I'm grateful to live here. We built this place from nothing.


Friday 13 May 2011 05:28 GMT

Thank you for having this touching exhibition. I had no knowledge of child migrants and so made it all the more moving for me to come here and learn about it. I don't know why I deserve the most fortunate life I have. It makes me sad that a lot of people had to suffer to make it the world it is today.

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