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    Oranges and Sunshine: Empty Cradles (Paperback) By (author) Margaret Humphreys


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    DescriptionAlso published as Empty Cradles. In 1986 Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, investigated a woman's claim that, aged four, she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government. At first incredulous, Margaret discovered that this was just the tip of an enormous iceberg. Up to 150,000 children, some as young as three years old, had been deported from children's homes in Britain and shipped off to a 'new life' in distant parts of the Empire, right up until as recently as 1970. Many were told that their parents were dead, and parents often believed that their children had been adopted in Britain. In fact, for many children it was to be a life of horrendous physical and sexual abuse far away from everything they knew. Margaret reveals how she unravelled this shocking secret and how it became her mission to reunite these innocent and unwilling exiles with their families in Britain before it was too late.

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    Oranges & Sunshine or Empty Cradles5

    Margaret Johnston This is one of the most thought provocking books I have read in a long time. It is written with such compassion and understanding I am amazed. Margaret Humphreys is a wonderful woman. This type of treatment should never have happened to children. The Governments and supposed welfare angencies have a lot to answer for, the total lack of assistance and care these children were given is a disgrace. I came out to Australia with my parents when I was eight years old and I can remember b3eing homesick and was bullied at school because I was different (Scots accent) but these children (a lot of them) did not even get a decent education or care and compassion to help them through a time when their whole world was turned upside down and they arrived in a country so very different from where they were born
    I strongly recommend this book but be prepared to be shocked and horrified by what these children endured in the so called 'lucky country' by Margaret Johnston

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