Between 1901 and 1983, thousands of unaccompanied young people, mainly from Britain, came or were sent to Australia as permanent settlers. For some it was a fresh start and relief from grinding poverty. For others it was a heartbreaking wrench from family.
This guide delves into the subject of child and youth migration in four chapters and covers the following:
- an introduction to Australian immigration policy in general and child migration policy in particular
- a detailed description of the main policy records, and records relating to the service organisations and churches who sponsored the children, provided for their education and placement, and arranged their after-care
- records held by the National Archives that are relevant for genealogical research related to child migration.