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Child migrants, 1949

Child migrants, 1949

After the Second World War many thousands of children, predominantly English, were taken from institutions and foster homes and sent out to the white commonwealth. Most went to Australia but between 1949 and 1953, 593 were sent to New Zealand. In the 1990s moves began to assist the former child migrants to rediscover their English families. Here we see some of the first arrivals learning of the arrangements made for them by the Child Welfare Department.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, National Publicity Studios Collection
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Terry Hearn, 'English - Special groups', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1931/child-migrants-1949 (accessed 13 December 2019)

Story by Terry Hearn, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015