On their own - Britain's child migrants

Promoting a glossy Fairbridge life

children eating round a large table

In the 1950s government photographs were used to promote Fairbridge and Australia to intending post-war migrants. Glossy publicity images show well-dressed children enjoying boiled eggs for breakfast, cuddling dolls and being tucked into bed by their cottage mothers. The reality was often different.

Reproduced courtesy National Archives of Australia

children in a dormitory, sitting up in bed chatting

 

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