Child migrant means a child who emigrated to Australia without his or her parents. Government records sometimes abbreviated the term to 'C.M.'.
Some children arrived in Tasmania as convicts without their parents in the first half of the nineteenth century. However, they are not often thought of as child migrants. The biggest influx occurred during the post-World War Two immigration boom when between 73 and 77 children arrived. They were placed at Tresca, Boys' Town, Clarendon Children's Home, and Hagley Farm School. A few appear to have gone to private individuals. In the 1970s, child migrants came to Tasmania to be adopted from India, South Vietnam, South Korea and Bangladesh.
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 30 June 1976, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1976, 20 pp.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 6 June 2012, Last modified: 5 March 2015