Young Jamaican boy looks after his family's luggage, September 1954 .
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A photograph of eight-year-old Lawrence Fray looking after his family's luggage on a platform at Waterloo Station, having just arrived from Kingston, Jamaica, taken by Lauder for the Daily Herald newspaper on 22 September, 1954. Many families arrived in Britain from the Caribbean in the 1950s and 1960s, often due to the offer of jobs with companies such as London Transport or hospitals in the new Health Service. Most, however, came without work pre-arranged, hoping for a better life in Britain. The American government limited the numbers of Caribbean migrants allowed into the United States in 1952, increasing the amount of immigration to Britain. A growing threat of similar immigration legislation in Britain meant prospective migrants had to leave the Caribbean as a matter of urgency.