On Their Own: British Child Migrants

Untitled (Four children with Fairbridge Farm suitcases) *** Local Caption *** Photograph (copied for Child Migration exhibition) Molong NSW. Relates Fairbridge Farm School, Molong NSW. Image depicts four children, two boys and two girls, carrying large suitcases down road. Inscribed on back 'SS ORONSAY 23 April 1938. L to R: Edward (Ted) Gamsley, Mary Simpson, Clara Park, Cyril Lord. Ted Gamsley is still alive and lives in Molong. The other three have passed away'.

Museum of Childhood
October 2015–June 2016

From their website: “An exhibition telling the heart-breaking true stories of Britain’s child migrants who were sent to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries between 1869 and 1970. An estimated 100,000 British children were sent overseas by migration schemes, which were run by a partnership of charities, religious organisations and governments, and claimed to offer boys and girls the opportunity of a better life in Britain’s Empire overseas. Many migrants never saw their homes or their families again.”

For more information, visit the Museum of Childhood website.

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