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Harold Haig portrait

August 16, 2012

It was sad to hear that Harold Haig had recently passed away. I found out the other day when a friend of his rang me and asked about a portrait I had done last year as part of a project. She thought the portrait had captured him well and wanted to buy it for the Child Migrants Trust.

This article will tell you a little about Harold:

When Harold Haig was 10 years old, a man in a suit came to visit. “He said to me, ‘Would you like to go to this wonderful place called Australia where the sun shines all day every day and you pick oranges off the trees, live in a little white cottage by the sea and ride a  horse to school?'” remembers Haig, who is 73 but looks younger, with Pete Postlethwaite cheekbones and flowing white hair. “While I was letting this sink in, he added, ‘Well, you know you’re an orphan, your parents are dead, you’ve got no family, you might as well go.'”

Haig was one of 7,000 children from British care homes who were shipped mostly to Australia and Canada between the second world war and 1967. The scandal of the lies and abuse suffered by these child migrants was exposed thanks to the tireless work of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who, in 1987, took it upon herself to help them find their families.

Read more of the article here on the Guardian website. 

You should also go to the website of the Child Migrants Trust.

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