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Memorial to British and Maltese children who were brought to Australia under the Child Migrant Scheme.

In the years following World War Two, a popular immigration slogan was ‘the child, the best immigrant’. They constituted a particularly attractive category of migrant because they were seen to assimilate more easily, were more adaptable, had a long working life ahead and could be cheaply housed in dormitory style accommodation.

Between 1947 and 1953 over 3200 children migrated to Australia under approved schemes. About 100 of these children were Maltese while the remainder came from the United Kingdom. Other European countries were asked if they would like to participate in the child migration scheme but they declined.

There were over 30 homes approved by the Commonwealth for the housing of child migrants. Most of these were run by voluntary and religious organisations.

Location

Address:82 Kintore Avenue, Migrant Museum, Adelaide, 5000
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.919781
Long: 138.601783
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 18th November, 2005
Source: MA
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