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Lost Children of the Empire Paperback – 1 May 1990

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This is the story of an inhuman chapter in Britain's history. Between 1860 and 1930 some 130,000 children were shipped off to parts of the British Empire and forgotten. It was a cheap way of emptying homes and populating the colonies. Many were subjected to cruelty, with names changed, records withheld and brought up to believe that they were orphans. But the shocking part of the story is that it did not end in the 1930s. After World War II, some 10,000 children were transported to Australia with the last batch going as late as 1967. The book looks at the remarkable story of the Child Migrants Trust set up in 1987 to trace relations and help both sides of the family come to terms with what happened.


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A detailed history of the long involvement British Governments had in migrating children to Canada, Australia and Rhodesia - very sobering indictment of the misguided idea that sending 'unwanted orphans' (most of whom were not actually orphans) - thousands of miles would be a good thing. Warning - some of the details of the abuse meted upon boys at Bindoon in the early 1950s are truly shocking. An essential accompanying read is "Oranges & Sunshine" by Margaret Humphreys who accidentally stumbled upon the injustice of the Child Migrants' Scheme; it was reading this which prompted me to buy this book.
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Recent admissions and apologies by the British and Australian governments brought to public notice the sometimes shameful export of young British Children to the Colonies. I used some of the facts from this book when writing my first two novels, 'The Long Echo' and 'Anna's Tale' (the latter to be published in the next few weeks)
Very well researched and presented stuff.
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It was recommended to me by the wife of my cousin who was one of the lost children so have only delved into the part which he was part of.
Presents a dated account ie the arguements for such a course seem to be trying to excuse the official actions as being reasonable solutions.
Need to read more.
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very enjoyable film , it had a beginning a middle and an end and was a straightforward
story, well acted
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