Editorial Reviews. Review. “A story that defies belief.” —Independent. From the Publisher Empty Cradles (Oranges and Sunshine) by [Humphreys, Margaret]. Margaret Humphreys, CBE, OAM (born ) is a British social worker and author from Empty Cradles, Humphreys’ account of the formation and early struggles of the Child Migrants Trust, was published in Its sales of 75, copies. Empty Cradles (Oranges and Sunshine) by Margaret Humphreys, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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These schemes allow former British child migrants to apply for financial compensation if they do not wish to or cannot pursue civil litigation claims against the State. This book is a must read.

Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys

Published London ; Sydney: Others suffered deep wounds from the mental and physical abuse they faced from the hands of their caregivers. The courage of the author in tackling this issue head on and dealing so compassionately with the child migrants is truly inspiring, and shows us all that there are people out there This is a heartbreaking true account of child migrants who left Britain for Australia, Canada, Rhodesia and New Zealand.

The sound of the silence out there in the bush was deafening. Joy when you read stories of children reunited with their fradles. This book is a true story.

Empty Cradles (Oranges and Sunshine)

I love to know more this book. Sounds mid-evil and so hard to believe! It really beggars belief, but it happened. Margaret Humphreys herself is a remarkable woman for her fortitude, persistence and clarity. National Library of Australia.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. When I first broached the topic I got a terse, “This really isn’t about my children, is it.

According to Humphreys, up tochildren are believed to have been resettled under the scheme, [2] some as young as three, [1] about 7, of whom were sent to Australia.

It’s a first-person account of the British social worker who started a charity to help the Wow. But even that was nothing compared to the reaction when The Leaving of Liverpool, a dramatisation of the story, was screened in I’m a bit confused about this book as it is an awful historical story that fascinated me, but the execution of the book bored me to tears.


Nearly always described as orphans in press reports, the children themselves were mostly told that their parents had died or just didn’t want them anymore. This was a fascinating and absorbing story clearly narrated and very readable. The children were allegedly deported because it was cheaper to care for them overseas.

Enough to make it clear to the reader without detailed descriptions.

These 3 locations in South Australia: I was so drawn into the story and the heartbreaking tragedy that took place in the lives of child migrants. October Learn how and jargaret to remove this template message. When the conditions and parent-child reunions were illustrated by real examples, as quoted in reports or personal letters, I felt a deep stab of emotion.

Margaret Humphreys did a remarkable job searching to find families for the grown up migrant “orphan”. On the story alone, this book deserves 5 stars.

Margaret Humphreys on Oranges and Sunshine film

It is impossible to read They didn’t know where they were or why they were there, often believing they must have done something very bad to have been sent there. This book is also known as Oranges and Sunshine.

I almost gave this book a “miss” when I first glanced at it, because I thought it would be a rather dry, historical narrative and while the subject has merit, my concern is that it would make for a rather boring read.

Post war Britain had overflowing orphanages, so the government and “social agencies” decided to pack unwitting children off to the “colonies”, Australia, “Rhodesia”, South Africa and even New Zealand. Review Text “The secrets of the lost children of Britain may never have been revealed if it had not been for [the actions of] Margaret Humphreys.

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Fierce protectiveness of the migrants and decades of experience of how venal authorities the British and Australian governments, the Catholic church, children’s charities can be, combined with what she calls, in her book Empty Cradles: They want to feel. If they had siblings when they arrived, they were often separated from them, too. Margaret Humphreys was a social worker in Nottingham who happened to receive a letter from a woman living in Australia, saying, in essence, “I was sent here as a child and would like to know if I have any family left in England.

We ended up having two conversations — one in which we talked at tense cross-purposes, then another, far more conciliatory. Generally, I’m not a huge non-fiction fan, but I really enjoyed this book. In Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, investigated the case of a woman who claimed that, at the age of four, she had been put on a boat to Australia fmpty the British government.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Children — Australia — Emigration and immigration. This is one of those stories that’s hard to love simply because it’s a horrendous bit of history that’s marrgaret to take, but I love it all the same as I bawled through most of it. It was shocking to realise that Child migration was still happening when I migrated to Australia in the early s and even more so when she desc This book was an amazing insight into a long and ill conceived period of social engineering presided over by several governments and many powerful institutions and probably the most absorbing and informative margwret I have read in a long time.

One year, unable to cope with the disjuncture between her own family’s normality and the migrants’ unhappiness, she nearly cancelled Christmas; it went ahead for her own children, but she spent much of it in tears.

Well, this plainly written and very compelling book tells the story up to — there was a documentary, a mini-series, margarret Order of Australia award for MH, and on 16 November there was finally an official apology from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and from Australian PM Kevin Rudd: The lid was off, and the letters began arriving: The lies, the cover ups and the magnitude of the entire scheme are astounding.

Of course, it did take me a bit longer than normal to get through it because there were quite a few times that I had to walk away from it and get a breather.

Port Phillip Library Service. All in all, margaget book was riveting and shocking, to say the least. Expecting that the Observer piece, published in Julywould bring many more migrants out of the woodwork, Humphreys established the Child Migrants Trust.

Sorry that as children you were taken from your families and placed in institutions where you were so often abused, sorry for the physical suffering, the emotional starvation, and the cold absence of love of tenderness of care.

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