Marjorie Too Afraid to Cry: A Home Child Experience [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Marjorie Too Afraid to Cry: A Home Child Experience

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Overview

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.

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Marjorie Too Afraid to Cry will make readers want to cry. After drying their tears, they may think about other questionable social engineering experiments (like the residential schools for native people) and about the big holes in our present-day social safety net. Let's hope that Skidmore's excellent book completes the restoration of Marjorie Arnison's spirit. Canadian Materials
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459703414
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 1/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia Skidmore began exploring the story of child migration to Canada in the late 1990s. She is the editor of the Fairbridge Gazette and lives in Port Moody, British Columbia.

Patricia Skidmore began exploring the story of child migration to Canada in the late 1990s. She is the editor of the Fairbridge Gazette and lives in Port Moody, British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

DEDICATION   
TABLE OF CONTENTS   
FOREWORD   
PREFACE   
CHAPTER 1. FEBRUARY 2010: BUTTERFLIES FOR MARJORIE   
CHAPTER 2. SEPTEMBER 21, 1936: WINIFRED’S CHILDREN   
CHAPTER 3. FEBRUARY 8, 1937: ADRIFT   
CHAPTER 4. FEBRUARY 8-9, 1937: SORROW   
CHAPTER 5. FEBRUARY 10, 1937: MIDDLEMORE EMIGRATION HOME   
CHAPTER 6: SUMMER 1937: FADING   
CHAPTER 7. SEPTEMBER 8TH 1937: OFF TO LONDON   
CHAPTER 8. SEPTEMBER 8TH-10TH 1937: THE LAST TEA PARTY   
CHAPTER 9: SEPTEMBER 8TH 1937: JOYCE’S SORROW   
CHAPTER 10. SEPTEMBER 10TH 1937: WAVE GOODBYE CHILDREN
CHAPTER 11. SEPTEMBER 22ND 1937: PIER D: PORT OF VANCOUVER   
CHAPTER 12. SEPTEMBER 22ND 1937: THE PRINCE OF WALES FAIRBRIDGE FARM SCHOOL
CHAPTER 13. SEPTEMBER 1938: WINIFRED’S LOSS   
CHAPTER 14: FEBRUARY/MARCH 2010: FAMILY IS IMPORTANT. THEY TOOK MINE AWAY.   
APPENDIX 1. MARJORIE SKIDMORE (NEE ARNISON): BRIEF BIOGRAPHY   
APPENDIX 2. THE PRINCE OF WALES FAIRBRIDGE FARM SCHOOL   
APPENDIX 3: CHILD MIGRATION TIMELINE   
APPENDIX 4. GORDON BROWN’S APOLOGY   
REFERENCES   
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS   
ABOUT THE AUTHOR   
CHAPTER NOTES

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