KEY MILESTONES OF THE CHILD MIGRANTS TRUST
1986 First request from former Child
Migrant in Australia.
1987 First reunion in England between
mother and daughter.
1987 Margaret Humphreys' research visits
to Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
1987 Child Migrants Trust established.
1987 Articles published in Observer
1987 Director seconded to CMT from Nottinghamshire
1988 Research visits to Canada and Zimbabwe
by Margaret Humphreys.
1988 Visit to Australia by Margaret Humphreys
and David Spicer, Barrister and Trustee of the Child Migrants
1988 Filming for Granada's documentary
"Lost Children of the Empire".
1989 Transmission in the UK of "Lost
Children of the Empire" and publication of a book of the
1989 Thousands of calls received on Help
Lines following documentary screening of "Lost Children of
1989 "Lost Children of the Empire"
transmitted in Australia. Director appeared on the Peter Couchman
current affairs programme before an invited audience of former
Child Migrants including, David Hill, then Director General of
1989 Three members of the Child Migrants
Trust UK team travelled to Australia to staff the Help Lines following
the transmission. Again, hundreds of calls were received from
very distressed and angry former Child Migrants in Australia.
Many were sobbing down the telephone, relating their accounts
of physical and sexual abuse.
1990 CMT receives one year grant from
the Department of Health in the UK.
1990 CMT receives three year grant from
the Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Ethnic
1990 29 JuneCMT officially opens
its first UK office.
1991 CMT opens office in Melbourne, VIC
and appoints qualified and experienced Social Worker.
1992 Dec to April 1993Director
counsels clients in WA from rented house in Perth for five months.
1993 CMT receives a further grant from
the Department of Health.
1993 July"Leaving of Liverpool"
shown in the UK following political pressure on the BBC. Nottinghamshire
County Council provided free telephone Help Lines, staffed by
CMT; for two evenings. Computer monitoring revealed that over
10,000 calls were made.
1993 Investiture at Government House,
Canberra, attended by former Child Migrants from each scheme.
Margaret Humphreys receives the Order of Australia Medal from
1994 The Director's book "Empty
Cradles" launched at the House of Commons, London.
1994 Lawyers acting for the Christian
Brothers subpoenaed CMT files. The Director and Trustees successfully
resisted the subpoena in order to preserve the confidentiality
of its clients and protect its therapeutic relationships. This
was a costly and stressful time for the Trust and its clients.
1994 The Trust presented a written submission
and oral evidence to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration.
1995 Following CMT's submission, citizenship
fees are waived for former Child Migrants thus effectively recognising
the uniqueness of former Child Migrants in Australian society,
as well as the expertise of the Trust in verifying the bona
fides of former Child Migrants seeking Australian citizenship.
1995 The Trust opens an office in Perth,
1995 CMT is shortlisted for the prestigious
Guardian/Jerwood Foundation Award for "excellence and innovation"
as a small charity.
1995 The Trust receives a grant from
the Uniting Church of Australia, Victoria.
1996 Appointment of the Rt. Hon. Sir
Ninian Stephen as Patron of the Child Migrants Trust. Former Governor
General of Australia and High Court Judge. Appointed in 1993 as
a judge of the International Tribunal on War Crimes in former
1996 Margaret Humphreys is awarded an
Honorary Degree of Master of Arts by Nottingham Trent University
in recognition of her contribution to knowledge of child care,
social policy and practice.
1996 The Trust gives evidence, both written
and oral, to the Western Australian Select Committee Inquiry into
1997 Grant obtained from the United Kingdom
Lotteries Commission to fund two full-time social workers and
one part-time administrator over a period of three years.
1997 The United Kingdom Health Committee
announces they are to hold an inquiry into the Welfare of British
Former Child Migrants.
1997 August"Leaving of Liverpool"
receives its second screening in the UK.
1997 The International Association of
Former Child Migrants and their Families is launched in Perth,
1997 Margaret Humphreys is named a Paul
Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International:
"in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance
given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly
relations among peoples of the world".