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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The stories took a severe toll on her. Humphreys, whose working days begin at 5am and often end 14 hours later, is a handsome and, at the moment, exhausted and slightly brittle woman.

A compelling read, veyr well written. The National Library may be able to supply you with a photocopy or electronic copy of all or part of this item, for a fee, depending on copyright restrictions. The abuse described isn’t graphic, but it’s still disturbing and left me blubbering.

She felt those stories as “a great responsibility. I am so very impressed with Ms Humphreys dedication and drive to uncover this horrible truth.

Open to the public For me the stories have always been diverse, the needs of the people involved varied, and the journeys seemingly individual and private despite their occasional similarities. She lives in Nottingham with her husband and two children.

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It shocked me that as recently assmall children some as young as 3 were being shipped off to the other side of the world. It is impossible to read Child Migrants Trust, registered charity no. The Western Australian Legislative Assembly passed a motion on 13 August apologizing to former child migrants. When I first broached the humphrwys I got a terse, “This really isn’t about my children, is it.


The University of Queensland. Topics Adoption Saturday interview. Foster children — Great Britain.

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Many were told that their parents were dead, and parents were told that their children had been adopted. Orphanages — Western Australia — History.

Children — Australia — Emigration and immigration. 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.

Empty Cradles

After the second world war many families found themselves unable to look after young children, and so put them into care, promising to pick them up again; to these children were added those of single mothers bowing to social stigma and giving their children up for adoption.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. In one instance, migrant boys were made to build their own orphanage; often without the tools or clothing necessary. Logan City Council Libraries. I would highly recommend this book to others to read. One man found his mother and was saving furiously to visit her in England, only to lose her before he could arrive. But even that was nothing compared to the reaction when The Leaving of Liverpool, a dramatisation of the story, was screened in Corangamite Regional Library Corporation.


The discipline was severe and the pay was poor. My heart goes out to those affected. Perhaps that is one reason why feelings are running so high at the Child Migrants Trust in Nottingham, a cosy house where Margaret Humphreys has spent the past 23 years listening to the stories of child migrants, co-ordinating searches for lost children and lost parents, and making sure they have the support they need once they have found each other — if they ever do.

Isolation, desperation and long-term mental health problems have blighted many of these lives and the accumulation of these tales is harrowing. Humphreys says that a theme through all the stories she’s heard is one of absolute loneliness. Many around them also suffered in similar ways, or silently bore some of their tragedy which remained unspoken.

They were very much alive. Madeleine had once lived in Nottingham; she wasn’t sure if her name and birthdate were right; she wanted to know who she was. We were unable to find this edition in any bookshop we are able to search.

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If I ever get to England I would go to them and say: Open to the public ; Staff. If they had siblings when they arrived, they were often separated from them, too.