to the opening of the exhibition
On their own Britains child migrants
Wednesday 10 November at 10.30 am
Australian National Maritime Museum
Film / photo / interview opportunities
with several former child migrants
The Australian National Maritime Museum has partnered with National Museums Liverpool (UK) in a
new exhibition to tell the emotional story of British child migration.
From the late 19th century British child migration schemes saw more than 100,000 children sent to the
other side of the world to dramatically different lives... some succeeded in creating bright new futures
while others suffered lonely, brutal childhoods.
The exhibition On their own Britains child migrants will explore the various government endorsed
schemes which sent children to Australia, Canada and other Commonwealth countries.
It will also consider the motivations behind them, including the need to increase the population of
good British stock and labour in the colonies, and the reality of life for these children in a completely
The exhibition opening will begin at 10.30 am,
with speeches commencing at 11 am.
Speakers will include:
former child migrant Stewart Lee
British Consul-General Mr Richard Morris
Media note: Former child migrants from across Australia whose stories are featured in the exhibition
will be available for interview. Exhibition curator Kim Tao will also be available.
On their own Britains child migrants will be on view at the Australian National Maritime Museum,
Darling Harbour, from Wednesday 10 November until 15 April 2011. Admission free.
This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an
Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.
5 November 2010 Media information and interviews: Shirani Aththas 0418 448 690