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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Well, this plainly written and very compelling book tells the story up to — there was a documentary, a mini-series, the Order of Australia award for MH, and on 16 November there was finally an official apology from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and from Australian PM Kevin Rudd: I sobbed helplessly through quite a lot of this book, but despite the harrowing story, am very grateful to have had hjmphreys opportunity, thanks to its author, of knowing about it.

Ultimately she becomes centre-stage and she seems to not see the irony of leaving her own young children and husband in England for many months at a time, several times a year to pursue her mission in the Southern hemisphere. You will feel sorrow when you hear of the stories of children seperated from their mohters.

In Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, humphreyys 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. Feb 16, Bobi Tychynski rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fierce protectiveness of the migrants and decades of experience of how venal authorities the British and Australian governments, the Catholic church, children’s charities can be, combined with what she calls, in her book Empty Cradles: His first steps on British soil after his kidnapping were to attend her funeral.


The scheme ran for several decades with the last children leaving the UK in Humphreys was working as a child protection officer when she received the first of a series margaget letters from Australia, from a woman called Madeleine not her real name.

Even over the past two months, in the lead-up to this apology, three child migrants lost their mothers.

Return to Book Page. I am live in Sydney. Dec 25, Shipped to places like Australia, Canada This is history that you might not read in school.

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And the parents probably mostly single women who thought their kids were in care temporarily while they got their lives together were told the kids had been adopted by English families!! This is the first humphreye that I’ve read a non-fiction piece like this and had a desire to immediately begin to do my own research.

See more of my book reviews on my blog, Stephanie Jane And, the parents of the children, when trying to find out what happened to their children, were told that the children had been adopted out Most weren’t given any choice in their exile or destination and many were systematically abused, sometimes for humphhreys, in their new lives.

Great Britain — Emigration and immigration — History — 20th century.

Child welfare — Great Britain — History — 20th century. Many of these children were told that their parents were dead and that a better life awaited them in these countries.

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Empty Cradles (Oranges and Sunshine)

Joy when you read stories of children reunited with their mothers. She felt those stories as “a great responsibility. It shocked me that as recently assmall children some as young as 3 were being shipped off to the other side of the world. For her services on behalf of the child migrants, she was awarded the Order of Australia – one of only a few Britons ever to have been so honoured, and she was appointed CBE cradpes the New Year Honours list.


Margaret Humphreys on Oranges and Sunshine film – BBC News

Why have I not heard more about this? Empty Cradles is at least as fascinating as a work of psychological em;ty as it is a work of historical narrative. Most were not orphans, as they were told, and were raised in institutions where horrendous conditions and abuse existed.

The lid was off, and the letters began arriving: The longing to know who we are and where we come from, to know who we belong to lies deep inside each of us.

A popular history book with the same title was published to coincide with the documentary. In the mids, English social worker Margaret Humphreys made a shocking discovery. Up tochildren had been deported from Britain and shipped off to a ‘new life’ in distant parts of the Empire, right up until 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.

Expecting that the Observer piece, published in Julywould bring many more migrants out of the woodwork, Margart established the Child Migrants Trust.

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Many of the former child migrants who spoke to Humphreys related terrible stories of their treatment. It was recommended to me by my mother in law, her father was one of these children. This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat Feb 07, C.