On their own - Britain's child migrants

David Paris – Little Brother and escort

young man on horseback

"I wandered down to Australia House and made my application. I then went to my mother and said, ‘Mum, I want to go to Australia.’ She said, ‘Are you serious?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ She signed and I left."

David and Darkie the horse at Mayrung farm in Deniliquin 1955. Reproduced courtesy David Paris.

Sixteen-year-old Londoner David Paris was captivated by the Big Brother Movement after reading about Australia in Wide World Magazine.

Arriving in Sydney in 1955, David underwent training at the Movement’s farm before being posted to Mayrung sheep, cattle and wheat farm near Deniliquin. He worked more than 66 hours a week for £4 pay.

In 1959 David travelled to Britain for a brief visit to his parents. Finding himself short of funds he returned to Australia as an escort for 38 Little Brothers on 'SS Orsova'.

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