The stolen children They were sent from Irish orphanages to Australia with the promise of freedom. Instead, writes Declan Cashin, our child migrants battled with abuse and slave labour

Farewell: A group of young boys leave England for a new life in Australia in Irish child slaves of Australia

The Jaws of Death, Grampians National Park (1947). State Library of Victoria.

Jaws of Death, Grampians National Park, Victoria (early photo - State Library of Victoria)

Saviours in the sky – the Flying Doctor Service Outback Australia 1953

Saviours in the sky – the Flying Doctor Service Outback Australia 1953 Where the term " In Like Flynn" came from.

Driveway service at a petrol station- Golden Fleece Service Station, Bulleen, Victoria 1969

Driveway service at a petrol station- Golden Fleece Service Station, Bulleen, Victoria 1969 - those were the days!

A boy with his balloon and Weeties showbag, at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. April 13, 1957. http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/national/fairfax-archive-boyscout-20130110-2cico.html

A boy with his balloon and Weeties showbag, at the Sydney Royal Easter Show…

LILYDALE, Victoria, Australia - Photo from State Library of Main Street.

LILYDALE, Victoria, Australia - Photo from State Library of Main Street.

LILYDALE, Victoria, Australia - Photo from State Library of Main Street.

LILYDALE, Victoria, Australia - Photo from State Library of Main Street.

Queen Victoria Building (then Victoria Markets) from George Street looking north. Building on left is still there.

Queen Victoria Markets, now the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney, A majestic and beautiful architectural building magnificently restored inside, it is largely untouched from when it was built.

Horse drawn trams in Australia of yesteryears.A♥W

Horse drawn trams in Australia of yesteryears.

Cars driving on a road in Avalon,on the Northern Beaches of Sydney in 1930.Photo from Pittwater Online News.A♥W

Cars driving on a road in Avalon, on the Northern Beaches of Sydney in Photo shared from the Pittwater Online News.

Sydney's first milk bar ~ The Black and White 4d Milk Bar at 24 Martin Place, Sydney, opened on 4 November 1932 by Greek migrant Joachim Tavlaridis, later known as Mick Adams.The business was the first of its kind and featured a bar counter with seats on one side and shake makers and soda pumps on the other. v@e.

The classic Greek Australian cafe first came into being in the when a Greek immigrant Joachim Tavlarides - who changed his name to Mick Adams - opened up the Black & White Milk Bar in Martin Place (pictured in

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