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.


Sunday 06 February 2011 00:03 GMT

My great grandmother, Margaret Watt and her twin sister Sarah were sent by the Quarriers to Canada in the 1880s. Her mother Mary died of TB and her father was killed in a shipping accident in South Shields.


Sunday 30 January 2011 23:47 GMT

Thank you for the moving display that better helps me understand part of my Canadian history. As a great great granddaughter of a Barnardo child, I am very thankful for learning more about my family's history.


Sunday 30 January 2011 23:45 GMT

Shocked about the child migration. Another crime of the British Empire. Why people cannot live together and integrate in a peaceful way after such an experience? Stop bad politics in this world wherever they happen!


Sunday 30 January 2011 23:42 GMT

It's sad to know of how Australia became a great land through child migration and migration now plays a huge part in keeping economies alive and healthy. It's a shame bullying, prejudice and racism comes with it too, without properly embracing and enjoying a multicultural society, specially off the backs of generations past of the children migrants.

Julie Davies

Sunday 30 January 2011 23:39 GMT

Having attended Orange High School in the 1950s with several of these children, this exhibition has broadened my understanding of "where they were coming from" (in every sense of this expression). Thank you all.

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