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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Open Preview Margarey a Problem? I saw the film Oranges And Sunshine, which is based upon Empty Cradles, several years ago so was already aware of the human tragedy at the centre of this book.

Jan 18, Judith Johnson rated it really liked it.

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These 16 locations in Victoria: Who would have believed what hummphreys happened to children who were sent to other countries as migrant “workers” and enslaved in the countires that they were sent to, told that their parents had either passed away, and in many cases were told that nobody wanted them.

She had to prise the information out bit by bit. Aug 16, Mathilda rated it it was amazing.

Her adoring child migrants – how often we are reminded that she alone is their only saviour! An ideal apology would include a fund to pay for those flights.

Foster children — Great Britain. God Bless Margaret Humphreys for persevering in her journey and sharing her story and the stories of countless others who have grown up in such horrible circumstances. One day a letter arrived from Australia from someone who thou Rewritten, having just humphryes the movie from last year.


It was recommended to me by my mother in law, her father was one of these children. On the story margaert, this book deserves 5 stars.

Empty Cradles (Oranges and Sunshine)

In Canada, for instance, they were herded into distribution centres then sent, as free labour, to farms all across the country. Return to Book Page. Humphreys was struck by how many had settled into privileged lives, and were not that interested in being helped. And so the letter snagged in Humphreys’ conscience, and would not let go. Yet even he was luckier than the boys who as well as being put to work constructing buildings, were sexually abused.

Margaret Humphreys on Oranges and Sunshine film

vradles Please help by adding reliable sources. This involved forcibly relocating poor British children to AustraliaCanadaNew Zealandthe former Rhodesia and other parts of the Commonwealth of Nations[1] often without their parents’ knowledge. From Ceadles, the free encyclopedia. Humphreys was particularly moved, recently, to find that the mother of an year-old woman was still alive. Margaret Humpreys stumbled on the cover up by accident, unable to believe that children were sent thousands of miles away without parental permission.

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 Zealand and Zimbabwe.


This was done without the knowledge or permission of their birth families but with the consent of the government. It is difficult to write a review of a book which deals with such margaref inhumane and emotive subject.

View all 32 comments. This single location in Western Australia: Margaret Humphreys soon discovered that as many aschildren had in fact been deported from children’s homes in Britian and shipped off to a “new life” in distant parts of the Margraet last as recently as She got interested in what happens when madgaret children try and trace their biological parents, which as we know is an emotional minefield. Back cover copy In Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, investigated a woman’s margatet that, aged four, she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government.

I was deeply touched at the stories of the individuals she wrote about. The walls are covered in photographs: This book is a must read. Many of these children were told that their parents were dead and that a better life awaited them in these countries.