Evacuees to New Zealand

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    Description: Children's Overseas Reception Board (CORB) group bound for New Zealand. At the outbreak of World War Two, thousands of British children were sent to the Dominions (Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) before attacks on shipping prematurely ended the scheme.

    Date: 1940

    Our Catalogue Reference: DO 131/15

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    1. mikescottnz 33 months ago | reply

      This history was almost suppressed again until recently as some were not orphans ?

    2. The National Archives UK 33 months ago | reply

      In fact this is quite a different scheme. (I think you are thinking of what are commonly known as 'home children'). CORB children were sent abroad by their parents for the sole purpose of ensuring their safety during the Second World War. The overwhelming majority of these evacuees (essentially identical to those evacuated from towns and cities to rural areas in the UK) returned home to their parents towards the end of the war.

      You can learn more about the CORB scheme on our Your Archives website.

    3. mikescottnz 33 months ago | reply

      Ok thanks for mentioning that as we have had some coverage of the 'home children' here in NZ .

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