Letter: Shipped out to drudgery

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Sir: The article on the shameful secret of Britain's lost children (13 July) was most interesting, but I believe this practice started much earlier.

When I was chief chemist to a Canadian company in the 1950s our laboratory cleaner told me that Barnardo's had shipped him out from Britain with a party of other children to start a new life on Canadian farms. He said that in practice the 'new life' was one of unpaid drudgery on a remote rural farm until he was old enough to look for work as a labourer for himself. Judging by his age, which was well over 60, he must have been shipped just after the beginning of this century.

Yours sincerely,

LAURENCE R. PITTWELL

Caversham,

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13 July

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