Posts tagged with 'emigration'
Over the past few days you will have seen news reports on the Australian government’s apology for its role in the British child migration programme (you can see the PM’s apology on the BBC website). The British government is expected to follow suit shortly.
From the late 19th century Britain operated schemes which sent more than 100,000 children to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries. These children did not travel with mothers or fathers but alone, in groups. Taken from poverty and disadvantage it was believed that they would have a better life working in the clean expanses of the British Empire, where they were a source of much-needed labour. Read more…
9 November 2009 by Stephen
Homesickness is like seasickness – you only feel better once you’ve stopped travelling. I have suffered from both and hope I never experience them again.
Longing for home gnaws away at the soul and is almost impossible to eradicate. I found that it was just as much the loss of my cultural roots as the absence of family and friends.
The logistics of moving huge numbers of emigrants through Liverpool involved everything from supplying cabins to the plates they ate off – it was very big business indeed. Read more…
2 November 2009 by Stephen
The nearest I’ve got to emigrating is briefly wanting to flee to the Isle of Man – in the summer it matches any other exotic island in the sun. It was a bright sunny day and I was taking a lunchtime stroll while covering a heavy-going criminal trial at Liverpool Crown Court. Balmy breezes drifted off the sea. Down at the Pier Head the Manx ferry was waiting with last boarders being called.
I was sorely tempted to dash up the gangplank but then common sense kicked in. Read more…
19 October 2009 by Stephen
My great aunt married as a very young teenager in Malta (this was 100 years ago).
The child bride later settled in Knotty Ash after giving birth to three children in quick succession nicknamed Boy, Girl and Baby.
Girl became a GI bride in the Second World War and emigrated to the US with her new husband, leaving Boy and Baby behind. Years passed and Girl wrote to say she was coming home to Liverpool for a visit. Read more…
The idea of millions of people setting off to new lives is slightly unnerving to me, perhaps because my family has stayed put in Liverpool for 300 years.
An astonishing nine million people emigrated through Liverpool between 1830 and 1930, usually to start new lives in the USA, Canada and Australia. For most of this time Liverpool was the greatest mass emigration port in the world. Huge numbers came from Britain and Ireland but they also travelled from as far away as Scandinavia and Russia. Read more…