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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Tim Griggs

Thursday 17 February 2011 01:42 GMT

I believe you could have made more of the abusive nature of migration: parents were not told that their kids had been sent to Australia; most believed they had been adopted in Britain. Children were routinely abused in some "orphanages" especially Bindoon, where the principal & founder, Fr Frank Keaney, has been denounced in Parliament (Australian) as a bestial paedophile. Abuse here was certainly systematic and not occasional. I rather dispute your assertion that the word "orphan" ever meant anything but "orphan." Hardly any of these kids were in fact orphans.


Thursday 17 February 2011 01:39 GMT

An eye opening exhibition. Upsetting and distressing.

Troy Henderson

Thursday 17 February 2011 01:39 GMT

This is what made Australians what we are - a nation that no matter how hard life gets we survive and become harder.


Thursday 17 February 2011 01:38 GMT

It is wonderful to see an exhibit like these remembering and honouring the children in these institutions - for they suffered a great deal and deserve the recognition.

Ray Connor

Thursday 17 February 2011 01:37 GMT

A very emotional experience reading the stories of so many children separated from their families.

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