A new exhibition at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra tells the stories of British child migrants and their journey to reach Australian shores. Around 7,000 British children from poor families were sent unaccompanied to Australia between the early 1900s and 1967.

While the idea was to transport children living in poverty to lives of plenty in the British colonies, many endured childhoods devoid of affection, and in some cases suffered physical and sexual abuse.

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