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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But they can’t help hoping that finally a British prime minister will say all the right things: And I remember thinking, at the time, that that ice has got to melt, has got to gently melt away and be replaced by something that has meaning, that gives the crafles to have an understanding of your life and your childhood. Surely we would have heard about it. As is typical with actions such as these, records were falsified, denials were made.

The primary aims of the Trust are to enable former British child migrants to reclaim their personal identity and reunite them with their parents and relatives. The book started with an interview between a child migrant and a social worker and documented a 23 year crusade to achieve freedom, reunion and rehabilitation for thousands of child migrants.

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, and how it became her mission to reunite them with their families. Kingston Information and Library Service. Many of the children were subjected to the most inhumane and brutal treatm An excellent account of a social worker in England discovering a shocking secret covered up for years by the British and Australian governments.

Margaret Humphreys on Oranges and Sunshine film

That we so often blame the vulnerable person in an institution for the conditions ekpty oppress humphresy shows how we are all accomplices in such tragedies. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. So why did she think she was? And that was hhmphreys a revelation, and quite a moment. The Child Migrants Trust, previously dependent on donations, and staffed by Humphreys, her husband, one social worker and a volunteer, now has nine staff, split between the UK and Australia, who deal with more than 1, migrants in Australia alone.


A couple of thousand boys were sent to Catholic orphanages, among humphrys Bindoon Boys’ Town, a Christian Brothers establishment just north of Perth.

Help me find a book shop. They were told they were orphans and sometimes their names and birthdates were changed.

Oh, and quite often they were sexually abused. Humphreys, who grew emptg in Nottingham, lost first her father fradles she was 12 and then her mother and grandmother before she was out of her teens, and so has a deep understanding of early bereavement, if not of this particular species of absolute loss.

This is a heartbreaking true account of child migrants who left Britain for Australia, Canada, Rhodesia and 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. Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys discovered evidence of a massive resettlement scheme undertaken by the British government together with several then Commonwealth governments that sent thousands and thousands of unaccompanied British children to foster families, children’s homes and institutions in Australia, Canada, New Zealan I saw the film Oranges And Sunshine, which is based upon Empty Cradles, several years ago so was already aware of the human tragedy craldes the centre of 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 by the British government. One migrant told her that it was hkmphreys “having a piece of ice inside you all the time. It was recommended to me by my mother in law, her father was one of these children.

His first steps on British soil after his kidnapping were to attend her funeral.

And nearly everyone says, ‘Just the truth. They all wanted her to find out who they were. I would recommend this book to anyone in Crzdles.

I couldn’t put this book down, my whole life went on hold until I finished it! Margaret also travelled overseas frequently to meet some of the “children” and documented their stories.

Margaret Humphreys, a British Social worker literally fell into a hornets nest when she discovered the Child Migration Scheme. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Ina British Parliamentary Select Committee began an inquiry into child migration schemes, and published a report in August that year, which criticized the policy in general, and particularly certain Roman Catholic institutions in Western Australia and Queensland such as the Christian Brothers where child migrants were housed and allegedly abused.


Empty Cradles by Margaret Humphreys

Found at these bookshops Searching – please wait Despite the sadness and anger at its centre, hope remains the principle message of this remarkable book. The untold cost lies in the following generations of children who feel so deeply the hollowness of a parent or grandparent who cannot tell a vital part of their emoty story. This is the true account of Margaret Humphreys, who uncovered and investigated the deportation of up tochildren from Britain to other parts of the “Empire”.

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Child migration continued over the next years across three continents, including North America and Africa, ending in Australia in When the conditions and parent-child reunions were illustrated by real examples, as emptyy in reports or personal letters, I felt a deep stab of emotion. Port Phillip Library Service. Thanks for telling us about the problem. State Library of Western Australia. Open to the public ; N madgaret Apr 07, Liza Perrat rated it it was amazing.

Open to the public ; Staff. Many were told that In Margaret Humphreys, a British social worker, investigated a woman’s claim that at the age of four she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government.

The courage of the author in tackling this humpyreys head on and dealing so compassionately with the child migrants is truly inspiring, and shows us all that there are people out there who care about others who have had a much different childhood and life.

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Sep 01, M. This non-fiction book is about the dreadful and covered-up history of child migrants. Forced migration — Great Britain — History. Humphreys was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in March and an honorary Humphreyx of Arts in by Nottingham Trent University in recognition of her work.

It all began with a letter.