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Child Migrant Friendship Society (1987? - 2001?)

Advocacy Body and Support Service

The Child Migrant Friendship Society (CMFS) was established around 1987 by a group of former residents of Catholic institutions, to advocate for people who had been sent as unaccompanied child migrants. Funding for CMFS operational expenses came from the Christian Brothers. CMFS operated in some form to at least 2001.


In his submission to the Child Migration inquiry in 2001 (p.29), Barry Coldrey said that the Child Migrant Friendship Society was 'largely superceded' by VOICES (Victims of Institutionalised Cruelty Exploitation and Supporters) in June 1991. However, the CMFS gave a submission (Submission No.44) to the Inquiry in 2001.

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Sources used to compile this entry: Coldrey, Barry, 'Submission No. 15 Inquiry into Child Migration', in Inquiry into child migration, Senate Community Affairs Committee, Commonwealth of Australia, 2001, pp.26, 27 (footnote), 29.; Parliament of Australia Senate, Lost Innocents: Righting the Record Report on Child Migration, Community Affairs References Committee, Senate Printing Unit, Canberra, 2001, p.186-188..

Prepared by: Debra Rosser