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CD - The J. W. C. Fegan British Home Children Collection
By J. W. C. Fegan, W.Y. Fullerton, D.D., etal
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2013

The J. W. C. Fegan British Home Children Collection CD includes a digitized copy of the book J. W. C. Fegan, A Tribute by W. Y. Fullerton, plus digitized copies of ALL surviving Fegan Homes newsletters that were published between 1877 and 1920. More than 1650 searchable pages in total (PDF format - PC & Mac).

The Biography:
    BOOK: J. W. C. Fegan, A Tribute
    W. Y. Fullerton provides a first-person biography of James William Condell Fegan, a man who devoted his life to helping the poor during a time when no social safety net existed for destitute British children. Between 1869 and the early 1930s, private social agencies sent over 100,000 children to Canada from Great Britain during the child emigration movement. Fegan's Homes was one of those agencies. Originally referred to as waifs, strays, emigrant children and simply orphans, today these children are collectively known as British Home Children.

    Beginning in 1870, J. W. C. Fegan established a number of "homes" where children were housed, fed and educated. Fegan later joined a number of other "sending agencies" which were involved in bringing children to Canada. The Fegan Homes distinguished themselves in the quality of care provided for their boys and in particular for their after placement follow up and protection of the children they "sent out" to Canada. Each year from 1884 to 1939, with a few exceptions, parties of boys from Fegan's emigrated to Canada. Generally the boys would be 14 years of age when they went, although on occasion they might be younger, particularly if they were accompanying an older brother.

    The prospect of work, and of a good start in life, was much better in Canada than in England at the time. A 'Receiving Home' was established in 1886 in Toronto, from where the boys would be found a placement, usually on a farm. Each boy's experience was different.

    The book, originally published soon after Fegan's passing in 1925 contains 128 pages. The book that is included on this CD is a digitized version of the complete 2003 edition published by Global Heritage Press. This new edition includes a new Foreword by Douglas Fry and Fawne Stratford-Devai, and a new Introduction by Marj Kohli. A printed copy of the book can be bought separately in hardcover format: ISBN 1-894378-89-X

    The book included in this collection is complete and provided in a searchable PDF format, pages can be printed at high resolution, every page has a source citation included in the bottom margin for future reference.
The Newsletters 1877-1920:
    All surviving Fegan Homes newsletters 1877 to 1920
    This collection of Fegan Homes newsletters was initiated by Douglas Fry, a Canadian authority on the Fegan Homes who kindly loaned us his collection of Fegan newsletters so they could be published for wider distribution. He also arranged for the Fegans (as it is known today) to loan us issues that they held in their archive but were missing from Mr. Fry's collection. Doug's collection included many issues that are not in the Fegan archive in the UK. The result is this single collection of 1532 pages of newsletters spanning 44 years.

    Though this is the most complete set of Fegan Home's newsletters known, please note that this collection is missing some issues that may not exist anywhere. There is no record of how many original issues were printed. Fegan newsletters varied in frequency, beginning as a monthly, then quarterly, and then back to monthly. However, there were times when shortages of time and resources caused printing lapses. Those lapses are discussed by Mr Fegan in some surviving issues, usually with an appeal for subscribers to help out with a donation. Fund raising appears to have been a never ending activity.

    Why are these newsletters so important to descendants of Fegan Boys and students of the British Home Child movement?
    Beyond being a method of updating contributors on developments at the Fegan Homes, and encouraging donations to the cause, many newsletters include lists of the boys in care, "old boys" who had graduated through the system, and sponsors. Success stories of individual Home Children were written to encourage support of Mr. Fegan's programs as were sad and often detailed stories of boys in need of assistance. Updates are often included about "Old Boys" who continued to help the Fegan Homes with donations and other assistance when they became adults, and stories of how individual "old boys" grew to be be good and productive citizens of Canada.

    This collection of Fegan Newsletters spans a 44 year period from 1877 to 1920 - there are gaps. Fegan's newsletters were published under three different titles during this period:

    • Christian Shield 1877-1881 (in this collection)
    • The Rescue 1885-1901 (in this collection)
    • Loving & Serving 1905-1920 (in this collection)


    The newsletters in this collection are provided in a searchable PDF format. Pages can be printed at high resolution Every page has a source citation included in the bottom margin for future reference. All of the newsletters are in a single PDF file so that researchers can search all newsletters with a single search or browse through them one by one. For those seeking a specific newsletter, there is a chronological set of bookmarks in the left margin that are hot-linked to specific issues.



    This is a snip of the top portion of a computer screen illustrating the front page of a newsletter and the links to individual issues that are listed in the left margin. Researchers can scroll down the newsletters (1532 pages), or search all newsletters for any word using the "Find" box at the top of the screen, or use the provided links to specific issues.
This collection is essential for everyone with an interest in the Fegan Homes in particular or the British Home Children movement in general. The narratives also shine a light on the human cost of the industrial revolution and J.W.C. Fegan's efforts to deal with its side effects. Similarly, this is a fine reference for those who seek insights into the conditions and norms in rural and urban Canada that encouraged importation of indentured children during this time period.

1677 Pages
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2013
ISBN 978-1-926797-76-2 (pdf on CD edition)

Fegan Collection......$29.95
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More British Home Children Resources from GlobalGenealogy.com:


image of actual cover to be added BOOK - British Home Children: Their Stories
Compiled by the British Isles Family History Society of Ottawa (BIFHSGO)
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2010
British Home Children were those who were admitted into a Philanthropic Home, Union Workhouse or Industrial School between 1869 and 1948, from families that had suffered a great tragedy or were dysfunctional. A great many of these children were then brought to Canada where they were received into a Distributing Home for settlement as farm labourers and domestics. To commemorate The Year of the British Home Child, BIFHSGO has assembled a collection of stories prepared by the researchers about the lives of some of these these children — their ancestors — that demonstrate the strength of character, sense of purpose and good humour that enabled them to overcome adversity and contribute a positive and lasting legacy to their new country.
ISBN 978-1-926797-47-2 (Softcover)    More Information
Softcover.....29.95 (C$)
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Book on CD.....19.95 (C$)
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pdf-via-download.....14.95 (C$)
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CD - The J. W. C. Fegan British Home Children Collection
By J. W. C. Fegan, W.Y. Fullerton, D.D., etal
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2013
The J. W. C. Fegan British Home Children Collection CD includes a digitized copy of the book J. W. C. Fegan, A Tribute by W. Y. Fullerton, plus digitized copies of ALL surviving Fegan Homes newsletters that were published between 1877 and 1920. More than 1650 searchable pages in total. The newsletters include much information about specific home children during their time in Fegan's care and after they became "old boys" as well as lots of pictures of individuals and groups. This collection is essential to everyone with an interest in the Fegan Homes in particular or the British Home Children movement in general. The narratives also shine a light on the human cost of the industrial revolution and J.W.C. Fegan's efforts to deal with its side effects. Similarly, this is a fine reference for those who seek insights into conditions and norms in rural and urban Canada that encouraged importation of indentured children during this time period.
ISBN 978-1-926797-76-2 (CD Edition)    More Information
Book on CD......CDN$   $29.95
PC & Mac - PDF format

BOOK - J. W. C. Fegan, A Tribute
By W. Y. Fullerton, D.D.
Originally published in England, 1913
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2003

New Forword by Douglas V. Fry, Fawne Startford-Devai (2003)
New introduction by Marj Kohli (2003)
The life of James William Condell Fegan is presented by W. Y. Fullerton. It tells the tale of a man who devoted his life to helping the poor in general, and the home children in particular.
ISBN 1-894378-89-X   More information

Hardcover......CDN$   $32.00

BOOK - Fegan's Homes Newsletters - The Red Lamp 1913-20
Compiled and published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2003
This book is a reprint of the Fegan's Homes newsletters that were published between 1913 and 1920. The newsletters are filled with stories of how various boys came into Fegan's care, or boys who were doing well in Canada with supportive families and placements. Mr. Fegan was highly regarded for the great emphasis he placed on the after-care given to boys he placed in Canada.
ISBN 1-894378-99-7     More information

Hardcover......CDN$   $34.95

BOOK - Marchmount Distributing Home, Belleville, Ontario 1870-1925
By James S. Gilchrist
During his research of Home Children he discovered much critical opinion about the British Home Children. However he also discovered many positive stories about Home Children. Gilchrist was convinced the truth lay not in the opinion of the critics but in the stories and letters of the Home Children themselves. This book is written solely to provide information from those who experienced Marchmont firsthand, those who faced bleak and terrible times in England but, in coming to Canada, altered those odds drastically to become the successes they were.
ISBN 1-553065719   More Information
Softcover......CDN$   $25.00

BOOK - The Golden Bridge,Young Immigrants To Canada, 1833-1939
By: Marjorie Kohli.
Many thousands of Canadians are descended from young immigrants shipped from the mother-country. The Golden Bridge paints a broad picture of juvenile migration to Canadian shores prior to World War II. The author meticulously documented the incredible story of the thousands of young immigrants who were shipped to Canada, primarily from the UK and Ireland between 1833 and 1839. More Information
Softcover......CDN$   $34.95



BOOK - The Quarriers Story, One Man's Vision Which Gave Over 40,000 Children a New Life
By Anna Magnusson
This book, by Anna Magnusson, chronicles the history of Quarriers from its earliest days as a refuge for thousands of destitute children in Victorian Scotland through to becoming one of the 21 st century’s leading social care charities. It tells the inspiring story of how the vision and determination of one man – William Quarrier – created a legacy which continues to serve the people of Scotland to this day. More Information

Softcover......CDN$   $21.95



BOOK - The Little Immigrants
Kenneth Bagnell
Between 1870 and the Depression, more than 80,000 impoverished children from the British Isles journeyed to Canada. Known as the "home children" they were sent overseas by well-meaning philanthropists to solve the farm labor shortage.
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Softcover......CDN$   $29.95

BOOK - Nation Builders, Bernardo Children in Canada
By Gail H. Corbett
The book sensitively and accurately records the largest and most successful child emigration into the emerging nation. The author records first hand accounts of child emigration, archival materials, directions for genealogical research and more.
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Softcover......CDN$   $19.95

BOOK - Mary Janeway, The Legacy of a Home Child
By Mary Pettit
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2000
This edition published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2009

Mary Janeway, born in Scotland in 1887, came to Canada as a 'home child' at a very young age. Separated from her brothers and sisters, the 'tiny' Mary was sent as a domestic to a farm near Innerkip, Ontario. This is Mary's story - a recreation of her life set in Victorian rural Ontario, from the time of the tradgedy that split her family to her eventual escape from the life of drudgery.
ISBN 978-1-55488-413-1     More Information

Softcover......CDN$   $22.95

BOOK - Whatever Happened to Mary Janeway? A Home Child Story
By Mary Pettit
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2012
Sixteen-year-old Mary Janeway, a home child, is desperate to escape from her rural home child placement and flees to London, Ontario, to find a domestic position. When conditions become unbearable, she moves on, vowing never to relinquish her freedom again. After she arrives in Hamilton as a young bride, she quickly adapts to the urban conveniences and the marvels of new inventions that include electric sewing machines, sulphur matches, street stoplights, a one-horsepower Brunswick refrigerator, the advent of the zipper, and the beginning of radio. But even the latest technology can’t stop the ravages of disease and other family tragedies.
ISBN 978-1-45970-171-7     More Information

Softcover......CDN$   $26.95



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