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    Australia s apology to transported children - Thousands sent from UK to Australia for better life were abused and enslaved By Kathy Marks in sydney 8/31/09
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      Australia's apology to transported children - Thousands sent from UK to
      Australia for better life were abused and enslaved By Kathy Marks in sydney
      8/31/09
      Between the 1920s and the 1960s, Britain sent an estimated 10,000 children
      to Australia to help populate its former colony with "good white stock".
      The children were promised new lives in an exotic land of plenty; instead,
      they suffered hunger, privation and abuse in government and religious
      institutions.
      For decades, the former child migrants have been seeking official
      recognition of what they endured, and asking for restitution. Yesterday the
      Australian government took a first step, announcing that the Prime Minister, Kevin
      Rudd, would formally apologise to them, in a gesture similar to his
      acknowledgement last year of the wrongs inflicted on the Aboriginal "Stolen
      Generations".
      For victims such as John Hennessy, who was plucked out of a Bristol
      orphanage and shipped to Australia in 1947, the apology has been a long time
      coming. Aged 10, Mr Hennessy was sent to an institution run by the Catholic
      Christian Brothers at Bundoon, north of Perth. He and the other boys were used
      as slave labour on a building project. They received scant education and
      little to eat....
      Many of the children exported to the other side of the world believed they
      were orphans or unwanted by their families. Mostly this was not true: they
      had been taken from their mothers as illegitimate babies, or placed in
      orphanages by single parents or families too poor to bring them up. Often they
      were put on ships to Australia without their parents being informed.
      The apology, which will also be extended to Australian-born victims of
      institutional abuse, follows a series of parliamentary inquiries in Britain
      and Australia over the past decade. A report by the Australian Senate in 2004
      detailed "a litany of emotional, physical and sexual abuse". It also found
      that children had been routinely deprived of food, education and
      healthcare.
      _http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australias-apology-to-t
      ransported-children-1779652.html_
      (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australias-apology-to-transported-children-1779652.html)



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