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On Their Own: Britain's Child Migrants

Event Information

  • 18 Jun 2011 10:00am - 25 Sep 2011 5:00pm
  • Migration Museum, 82 Kintore Avenue
  • Adelaide
  • South Australia
Other Information
  • Cost: Free

Many would consider them too little to cross the road on their own and yet, from the late 19th century more than 100,000 British children travelled alone to the other side of the world to begin new lives.
British child migration schemes changed the lives of these children dramatically. Some succeeded in creating bright new futures. Others suffered lonely, brutal childhoods.
On their own – Britain’s child migrants tells the emotional story of British child migration.
The exhibition explores the government endorsed schemes and the motivations behind them. Through detailed case studies, visitors will meet a number of former child migrants and find out more about their different experiences.
Child migration schemes existed from the 1860s through to 1967, when British children were sent to Australia, Canada and other Commonwealth countries.
The exhibition focuses on a number of individual child migrants and their personal experiences through photographs, letters, and poignant mementoes from their childhood.

Visit the exhibition website www.britainschildmigrants.com

On their own – Britain’s child migrants is an Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition in association with National Museums Liverpool UK.