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Deported Children of Britain

Britain is the only country in the world that has ever deported it’s children to the other side of the world and abandoned them.

Britain is the only country in the world that has ever deported it’s children to the other side of the world and abandoned them, Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologized for his country’s role in this devastating instance of British colonial history. It took place after WW11 when over 150,000 British children were sent to distant colonies to take the pressure off of Britain’s over burdened social services. The program was to provide orphaned and abandoned children with a fresh start and supply the colonies with an abundance of white workers and as unwilling competition between religious faiths.

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Rudd gave his apologies to the 7,000 survivors who still live in Australia. Many of these survivors grew up in institutions where they were physically and sexually abused. Others were sent to farm labor camps. ” We are sorry.” Rudd said. “Sorry that you were taken from your families and placed in institutions where you were abused. We are sorry for the physical suffering, the emotional starvation and the cold absence of love- the tragedy of a childhood lost”

From 1947 to 1967 parents were lied to and told the children would be well fed and educated as the British government sent their children to populate the colonies with what they called, “good white stock”  The boys suffered most who were sent to Bindoon, an isolated institution at Perth. They slept in the open until they could build the institution. The Catholic brothers who ran it were unbelievable cruel. The boys were beaten for the smallest infraction, they were starved, worked to exhaustion and sexually abused.

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A social worker in Nottinghamshire named Margaret Humphrey uncovered the scheme and the government’s role in the disgrace. She set up the Child Migrants Trust, a trust to bring the families back together. Proper funding has been little and far between. What the trust wants is reparation from the government for individuals who were denied justice because of time limits on legal action. Time is running out as parents and children are getting older. Andrew Murray a former Australian senator who was sent from Britain to an orphanage in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, also called on Australia to pay restitution.

British High commissioner Valarie Amos said her government had not yet addressed the compensation question, though Britain has been funding trips to reunite migrants and their families since the late 1990’s. Brown’s office said officials would consult with representatives of the surviving children before making a formal apology.

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  1. johnnydod

    On November 18, 2009 at 6:14 am

    such a sad sad story

  2. Teves

    On November 18, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Nice post and very true…

  3. Francois Hagnere

    On November 18, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Very informative. What a terrible story. I hope many will read this.

  4. deep blue

    On November 18, 2009 at 6:39 am

    A compelling and a daring post, Ruby. Indeed that’s what a “good government” may fall through in extent to promote the “common good” or some statesmen’s vested interests. I think that’s worst than corruption and stealing when the trust that earned them the citizens’ votes to place them to office had been abused.

  5. Sunitha Stalin

    On November 18, 2009 at 6:40 am

    i never knew some thing like this was there. good one.

  6. Lucas DiƩ

    On November 18, 2009 at 6:48 am

    It is such a sad and shocking thing, one wonders who ever could have cooked up such a cruel idea

  7. aunslaught

    On November 18, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Where do you get ur info frm? =o

  8. wonder

    On November 18, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Very sad,come to think of it.

  9. ken bultman

    On November 18, 2009 at 7:28 am

    A very good post about a terrible thing that may have seemed the right thing to do in England at the time. Unfortunately, throwing money at the problem now will provide little comfort, I fear. A continued effort to reunite should continue to whatever survivors yet exist.

  10. AlmaG

    On November 18, 2009 at 7:31 am

    All countries has a sad story to tell just like this one… Great post!

  11. Mr Ghaz

    On November 18, 2009 at 7:53 am

    wonderful and well presented article..sad story indeed, but great lesson for others..Thanks for sharing.. cheers.. 8)

  12. lillyrose

    On November 18, 2009 at 8:44 am

    A very serious write Ruby. To think of all those children and the pain, suffering and abandonment they must have gone through. Why do we treat people in this way.

    I hope Margaret is able to continue with her good work in my own County.

  13. Ramalingam

    On November 18, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Quite pathetic.A nice article.

  14. martie

    On November 18, 2009 at 9:26 am

    It always amazes me the things people do because they hold power over another.

  15. Pinaki Ghosh

    On November 18, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Its really sad.

  16. redhare67

    On November 18, 2009 at 10:19 am

    To deny children their basics human rights, its like sending them to the concentration camps, nice to remind the world.Thanks,redhare67

  17. Louie Jerome

    On November 18, 2009 at 10:30 am

    This is a sad and shocking story. It was all over the news here is UK but seems to have gone kind of quiet!

  18. Christine Ramsay

    On November 18, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I live in England and have not heard much about this. I know so many children had to be evacuated during the war and I know some were sent to Australia but that is about it. Thank you for the information Ruby. It was a dreadful thing to happen to these children.


  19. Christine Ramsay

    On November 18, 2009 at 10:42 am

    I live in England and have not heard much about this. I know so many children had to be evacuated during the war and I know some were sent to Australia but that is about it. Thank you for the information Ruby. It was a dreadful thing to happen to these children.


  20. K.Reshma

    On November 18, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Very sad but true, such things happens in most of the countries

  21. Hansika

    On November 18, 2009 at 11:20 am

    nice story…

  22. BeatsMe

    On November 18, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for sharing this story.

  23. Brenda Nelson

    On November 18, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Britian did what it had to do. The parents who abandoned the kids are equally to blame, as where relatives who didnt take the orphaned kids. But ultimately what choice did England have at the time?

    My first husband came over from Wales, he often talks of how Wales and England had a very difficult time recovering after the war, even when we went there to visit, some scars still remained. People in North America really have no sense of how bad it got in England after the war.
    I am not excusing it, just thinking on logical levels rather than emotional ones.

    Ireland also sent kids to Canada at some point, I know from Canadian history.

  24. cutedrishti8

    On November 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Very sad one…

  25. chitragopi

    On November 18, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Terrible. Never heard of such a thing.

  26. LoveDoctor

    On November 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    This is devastating and cruel. I never heard about this before. Thanks for sharing.

  27. svishnugopal

    On November 18, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    wonderful write ruby, the truth is always heavy in the heart and very painful to bear..very sad…

  28. Westbrook

    On November 18, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Hitler bombed the hell out of England during WWII. The country was almost destroyed and lucky to have survived and the government had to make some terrible decisions, which today, many people do not have the knowledge nor the understanding to second guess those decisions. A good but sensitive issue to write about Ruby, but I can bet most of the comments will be negatively emotional based on lack of knowledge.

  29. Steve Newman

    On November 18, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Awful as it may have been for many, there can be no comparison with the concentration camps.

  30. Themax

    On November 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    very sad to knew this,Thanks for sharing Ruby :)

  31. Shirley Shuler

    On November 18, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    This is a very sad and shocking story, Ruby. I had no idea, thank you for sharing!!

  32. A. Fool

    On November 18, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve followed the story on the BBC…quite shocking

  33. ahmad joko setyawan

    On November 18, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    This is such a terrible and sad story.I think Britian perhaps did have the childrens best interest at heart,however;when the children reached this so called colony that wasn’t even yet established,Britian was uninformed as to what was really going on,otherwise;they abused their own people! It is good that something is finally being done to reunite the families,hopefully the efforts of this will keep up until they are all reunited with the long lost loved ones. Brilliant work by all standards Ruby!

  34. cebuanaeyez

    On November 18, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    It is disturbing. Great article Ruby.

  35. Midie

    On November 18, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Who wonder that Britain citizen also suffer in the WW2. I guess that it is time for us to be fair to everyone.

  36. SharifaMcFarlane

    On November 18, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I have read that some of the children were forcibly removed from the care of single mothers.
    Maybe Britain did what it thought was best but it only goes to show that no matter who you are sending your kids to you have to check up on their progress. Sometimes people even leave their kids with a relative and they are badly treated.

  37. J J Neuman

    On November 18, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I heard about this in a passing news story the other day but wasn’t sure of the details…it must have been really bad in England, post WW2, if they had to resort to exporting children they could not support. I can’t imagine it was Britain’s intention that this would turn out so bad but I wonder why the kids were not, at least, checked up on after they were gone. Pretty damn sad.

  38. martinpm

    On November 19, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Its really a sad one. Great article to share.

  39. Frances Lawrence

    On November 19, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I live in England and I have heard lots about this. It was terribly wrong but in many cases the organisations who sent the children out were well meaning. Many of the children suffered terrible abuse when they got there. It should never have happened.

  40. athena goodlight

    On November 19, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Why did it take this long before it was brought out in the open? I wonder why the parents and the government didn’t check on the children before.
    Nice article, it is a reawakening of the world’s humanitarian consciousness.

  41. PR Mace

    On November 19, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I have read about this before and it is shameful. You presented this article very well.

  42. JaiRudolf

    On November 20, 2009 at 6:26 am


  43. Jamaicafest

    On November 20, 2009 at 11:21 am

    This sad story demonstrates how good intentions can end up with bad consequences.

  44. James DeVere

    On November 20, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Nice work again, Ruby. Just from an Aussie Perspective. The story was broadcast as a tale of British Children being Deported Down Under which is true in part.

    Here in Australia is broadcast differently. We are being informed that it is the, “Forgotten Generation.” There is a subtle difference.

    The reason?

    The, “Forgotten Generation,” is a broader definition that encompasses institutional harm to all children of every ilk from the post-war period – Irish, Aboriginal, Local Children and naturally, the children deported from England.

    I was struck by how the same story was told in a completely different way to Americans.

    Indeed, the apology comes hot on the heals of the apology to the, “Stolen Generation.” The, “Stolen Generation,” refers to Aboriginal children ripped from their mother’s bosom from the start of colonisation in 1788 up to 1970

    The differences are both subtle and marked but importantly the recent apology could be accurately told as an apology to all kids in institutions that were harmed.

    Thanks again. I saw the entire speech and, as an uncle of mine was directly involved, it is truly lachrimal.

    Cheers . j

  45. rajagiri

    On November 21, 2009 at 12:38 am

    It’s quite interesting story

  46. PhoenixRox

    On November 21, 2009 at 2:37 am

    A very painful story. But people need to know more about these things and do something. Every country has a story like this. It is just shameful that enough is not being done

  47. Judy Kaelin

    On November 26, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Excellent article- if we only knew all the facts. Many horrible things happened because of the War. WWII was difficult for everyone. Perhaps England had no choice, we would need all the facts before we cast blame on anyone.

  48. Kura Weld

    On November 30, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    This story is so sad. Makes me sick to think that we trust these people with our livelihoods, and they’d do this to us. But a good post.

  49. GWitt

    On December 10, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    When did world war 11 take great article

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