The records themselves do not date back to the foundation of the Liverpool branch: the first minute book dates only from 1938, and annual reports only from 1916 (the sixth annual report). Surviving information for the early period is available only from newscuttings: these also refer to the work of the national association, otherwise only briefly mentioned in the reports (and the presence of a League of Nations report into the traffic of women and children in the East gives some idea of the NVA's broader concerns). The newsletters of the League of Travellers' Friends, an organisation which supported the LVA's work, give a brief summary of the Association's work and typical problems, drawn presumably from early case books which unfortunately do not survive here.
1916 2 Armenians en route to America had to be treated for eye trouble until fit to travel. Another was later rejected at New York and sent back to Liverpool. Her parents had both been killed in the Armenian massacres some years before.
1917/18 A Jewess was sent back from America suffering from ill-health. She was one of the two elder girls sent to their father in America, who had wanted to send for his wife and seven other children later. She went back to her mother in London.
Two "Assyrian" children had been detained in Liverpool for nearly two years, since eye trouble prevented them from getting to their parents in Chicago, before the association could help them.
1919/20 A family of Armenian refugees - mother and three daughters aged twenty four, fourteen and ten respectively - were rejected from an Atlantic Liner as the youngest had ringworm of the scalp. After two months' treatment, the Armenian Society provided the money for them to land in the United States.
1922/23 A young English girl, aged twenty, was deported from Canada because of mental deficiency. Was sent home to Shropshire.
An unmarried mother, aged sixteen, with a baby of five months old, was sent back from Canada. It was discovered that she had first become a mother at thirteen (father of the baby being seventy years old), and had emigrated to Canada with the help of the Philanthropic Society but had got into trouble again and so was deported.
A woman, aged thirty, with two children, aged four and three, had been held up at Ellis Island because she had insufficient landing money and no definite employment in view. She was deported to Liverpool, where it was found that she was not, in fact, a widow, as she had claimed, but had left her husband and nine other children back in the Midlands.
1923/24 A young Irish girl was prevented from entering the United States because she could not read or write.
A young woman, deported from America, had been detained in an American State hospital for twelve months and then on Ellis Island for six months before being sent back to England.
An Armenian girl was refused permission to reside in the U.S.A. because the quota was full. She was detained on Ellis Island for some days and then deported to Liverpool, to be sent back to Manchester.
1926/27 An Irish woman with two little girls was prevented from going to America. One little girl had had ringworm eight months earlier, but had been treated and given a letter to prove that she was cured, but the child was still rejected at the port.
1933/34 A young Greek woman had to be escorted back to Macedonia. She had been deported from Canada and was unfit to travel alone because of her "mentality".
1934/35 An English woman arrived from an Atlantic Liner. She had married a French Canadian, who had died in Canada, leaving her and a son of seventeen, now living in America. After visiting relatives in Canada she overstayed the time-limit and did not pay the necessary tax on her return. She was placed in a detention hostel pending enquiries for deportation. She arrived in England destitute and alone, as her son had not been allowed to accompany her.
A young woman, born to Finnish and Canadian parents, went to Siberia with her husband, a Ukranian who had become a Canadian citizen. He became unkind to her and told her to return to her parents in Canada. After difficulty in obtaining a passport from Moscow, her parents were not allowed to claim her in Canada, so she was deported to Liverpool. It was over a year before she could return to Canada.
1944/45 There was a decrease in the number of passengers due to the war. However, a Russian woman needed to be helped. She was expecting to sail to Palestine but had only a long telegram about her passage to show to the official - no passport or papers. She was found accomodation until the regulations could be completed.
1946/47 A worker was asked by an Immigration Officer to look after a woman on the Irish boat who was not allowed to land in England because she was mentally deficient.
1949/50 "Displaced person" - a Yugo-Slav girl, who had been working in a factory, wanted to sail to her parents in Chile. She and her cousin hoped to work their passage but there was some confusion and, eventually, the money was sent from her father in Santiago.
1950/51 A Spanish family, travelling from the West Indies, was not allowed to land in Spain because the children, aged thirteen and fifteen, although born of Spanish parents, had been born in British territory. They landed in Liverpool without their luggage, which had been left at Santander. They were taken to the Spanish Consul to arrange visas and passages back to Spain.
1959 A girl arrived in Liverpool, having been sent back from her husband in Jamaica, because he had turned against her. Accomodation and work was found for her.
1962 A Liverpool family asked the Association to meet an elderly man who was returning from Australia after forty two years. It was arranged that he should be met at Southampton.