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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Monday 28 March 2011 21:07 GMT

Five of my great aunts were sent to Canada, two were returned to their mother - a very rare occurrence. We never knew.

Lynette Gray

Friday 18 March 2011 01:40 GMT

We went to the exhibition on Tuesday, it was very well done, but wish I could have found someone to talk to. My Dad came out as a Dreadnoght boy at 16. He sailed on the Euripides on the 16.7.1925, arrived in Melbourne on the 31st August, 1925. I have a postcard of the ship.He never talked about it, I think it must have been very harsh at times .Must have been so hard leaving home at that age and never seeing your family again.I did go to the National Archives in Canberra and found some of the info there, but would love to really know what happened.It's all history now.

Laureen Launey

Wednesday 16 March 2011 04:13 GMT

My Grandmother was a British Home Child, taken to Canada in 1900 at the age of 7.I am looking for her family who lived in Liverpool at Townsend Ave. I would like to connect to the FEARNS FAMILY ON BEHALF of ANNIE FEARNS. I am writing her story as a memory to her sad beginnings and triumph journey as a Canadian Citizen.Thank you sincerely for any and all help, much appreciated for your time and effort. Laureen

Christine Ernest

Sunday 13 March 2011 06:18 GMT

My Dad was Herbert Ernest who appears in the "On Their Own" Exhibition. He never complained about his life in Australia, or his treatment at the Fairbridge Farm at Pinjarra in Western Australia. He married Mum in 1943 and went on to have five children, of which I'm the youngest. He always worked hard so we would have a good life and his and Mum's legacy of always offering a helping hand when needed continues on in us. Dad passed away in 2008 aged 88 and Mum earlier this year (Jan 2011), also aged 88. We miss them both.


Thursday 03 March 2011 22:09 GMT

I never realised this took place!

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