I am just wondering if people have watched the film Oranges and Sunshine. We watched it last night.
It tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovers one of the most significant social scandals of recent times; the mass deportation of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. What is even more disturbing is the final party arrived in Australia in 1970. It is estimated that child migration programmes were responsible for the removal of over 130,000 children from the United Kingdom to Canada, New Zealand, Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and Australia.
I am assuming there was quite a bit of publicity in the UK on this issue when Gordon Brown gave an apology for what had happened, but I did not realise the extent of this issue and that it continued until 1970!
Nottingham (my home town) is featured in the film and also Adelaide (although in the film they say it is Perth) and the street that is featured quite heavily in the film is opposite Central Market with the theatre on one side and a pub on the other corner.
The work to reunite children with their families still continues through the Child Migrants Trust and there is an office in Nottingham.
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