Marjorie, Too Afraid to Cry

Marjorie, Too Afraid to Cry

A Home Child Experience

Book - 2012
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When Marjorie's daughter began exploring archival records involving Britain's child-migration program, a home-child saga emerged.

Marjorie Arnison was one of the thousands of children removed from their families, communities, and country and placed in a British colony or commonwealth to provide "white stock" and cheap labour. In Marjorie's case, she was sent to Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School, just north of Victoria, British Columbia, in 1937. As a child, Patricia was angered that her mother wouldn't talk about the past. It took many years to discover why - it wasn't because she was keeping a dark secret, but because she had "lost" her childhood.

For 10-year-old Marjorie, forgetting her past, her family, and England was the only survival tool she had at her disposal to enable her to face her frightening and uncertain future. This is Marjorie's account as told by her daughter. It is a story of fear, loss, courage, survival, and finding one's way home.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, c2012
ISBN: 9781459703391
Branch Call Number: 362.7791 SKI
Characteristics: 295 p. : ill., maps, facsims. ; 23 cm


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Sep 06, 2014

It is a good book, but very sad.

Jul 10, 2013

The amount of work that went into this book is quite amazing. There is an extensive section of sources that lead you on to more information. The book itself I found a little dry. The sections on the government apologies were detailed and probably will appeal to those with a personal or historical connection more so than they did to me. I wanted to read more about Marjorie, to have her story fleshed out a bit more. I did appreciate the many photographs included.

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