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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
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
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
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
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
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
NOVEL - The Street Arab - The Story of a British Home Child
By Sandra Joyce
Published by Welldone Publishing, Toronto, 2011 (Sept 28)
We seldom include a novel in our catalog but have made an exception with this book because of it's careful attention to historic detail. After foraging for food one day, Robbie returns home to find his family missing and suffers a horrific accident. With strength and determination, he forges ahead and is sent, along with countless other British Home Children, to Canada to begin a new life.
ISBN 978-0-9877640-0-3 (softcover) More information
BOOK - The Little Immigrants
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.
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.
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
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
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