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    DescriptionEMPTY CRADLES is a powerful testament to an ordinary woman's astonishing dedication, compassion and stubborn courage. In 1986 Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker and mother of two, investigated the case of a woman who claimed that, at the age of four, she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government. At first incredulous, Margaret Humphreys soon discovered that this woman's story was just the tip of an enormous iceberg. As many as an estimated 150,000 children had in fact been deported from children's homes in Britian and shipped off to a 'new life' in distant parts of the Empire - the last as recently as 1967. Many of the children were told that their parents were dead. Their parents, too, were often deceived; many believed that their children had been adopted in Britain. The reality was very different: for numerous children it was to be a life of horrendous physical and sexual abuse in institutions in Western Australia and elsewhere. Margaret Humphreys reveals how she gradually unravelled this shocking secret; how she became drawn into the lives of some of these innocent and unwilling exiles, how it became her mission to reunite them with their families in Britain, and how her lonely crusade led to the founding of the Child Migrants Trust. EMPTY CRADLES is a strong indictment of government, as well as charitable and religious organisations. It is a sad, harrowing story that will move the reader to anger and tears. Yet it offers a message of hope to all the victims of a shameful scandal that has been ignored for too long.


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    Title
    Empty Cradles
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Margaret Humphreys
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 278 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780552159586
    ISBN 10: 0552159581
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, JKSB1
    DC21: 362.7
    BISAC V2.8: POL019000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJ
    Thema V1.0: JKSB1, NHD
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Publisher
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    Corgi Books
    Publication date
    13 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Margaret Humphreys is the Director and founder of the Child Migrants Trust, supported by Nottinghamshire County Council. For her services on behalf of the child migrants, she has been awarded the Order of Australia - one of only a few Britons ever to have been so honoured. She lives in Nottingham with her husband and two children.