Home Childen, Barnardo Children,
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BOOK - A Genealogists' Guide to Researching British Home Children
By Gloria F. Tubman
Published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2017
Thousands of British Home Children were resettled in Canada between the 1870s and 1939. The social and economic causes that percipitated the export of orphaned and destitute children to Canada was a product of the times -- the effects of the industrial revolution and a lack of an adequate social safety net being the largest contributors. The child migration initiative was supported by the governments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. This book is a compilation of articles and columns that Tubman wrote in an effort to inform those who are interested in British Home Children movement, and to provide researchers with the information needed to research records of individual Home Children. Most of the articles were originally published in The Equity newspaper of Shawville, Quebec. The Quarrier Homes of Scotland article was published in Anglo Celtic Roots, the journal of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa. All are reprinted in this volume with permission from the The Equity and Anglo Celtic Roots. ISBN 978-1-77240-075-5 More Information
BOOK - Great Canadian Expectations, The Middlemore Experience (British Home Childen)
By Patricia Roberts-Pichette
Published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2016
Over 100,000 neglected or homeless and often unwanted children from Britain were settled in Canada between 1869 and 1948 by more than 50 British juvenile emigration agencies. Because they came from an agency’s home in Britain to be settled from the agency’s distributing home in Canada, they were called home children. This is the history of one of those organizations, Middlemore Homes. This exceptional book is the result of fifteen years of research by the author and her volunteer collaborators. Unlimited access to all extant Middlemore files up to 1936, to contemporary reports, and the personal communications and meetings with Middlemore family members and descendants of Middlemore home children have given Dr. Roberts- Pichette a unique perspective on the work of the Middlemore agency and its homes. Her book explores government policy changes over the whole period of juvenile immigration and reveals the influence of eugenicists in helping end the juvenile immigration movement in Canada in general and Middlemore Homes in particular. It is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the movement’s causes and evolution. ISBN 978-1-77240-046-5 More Information
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
NEWSLETTERS - The J. W. C. Fegan British Home Children Newsletter Collection 1877 and 1920
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 digitized copies of ALL surviving Fegan Homes newsletters that were published between 1877 and 1920. More than 1532 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 - 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 - 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.
BOOK - Labouring Children: British Immigrant Apprentices to Canada, 1869-1924
By Joy Parr
Between 1868-1924, 80,000 British children, most of them under fourteen, came to Canada to be apprenticed as labourers and domestic servents. Joy Parr's study of these children, first published in 1980, became a significant resource for courses in women's history, family history, immigration history, and labour history. Out of print for several years, Labouring Children now has a substantial new introduction in which the author examines the historiography of the history of childhood, particularly in the light of recent literature on sexuality and the post-structuralist critique. She also considers recent popular historical views of children and their relationship to professional history.
BOOK - Marchmont : Distributing Home, Belleville, Ontario, 1870-1925
By James S. Gilchrist
While researching his grandmother who was one of the British home children who came to Canada in 1872 under the auspices of Maria Rye from a Kensington Workhouse in St Mary Abbot's Parish in London England. Jim's search for information introduced him to the Marchmont Home. He discovered much critical opinion about Home Children. He was convinced that 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 research on those who experienced Marchmont Distributing Home in Belleville, Ontario 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.
NOVEL - Belonging, a British Home Child novel
By Sandra Joyce
This book is historical fiction based on stories of immigrant children to Canada. A follow up to the author's earlier book The Street Arab - the Story of a British Home Child, the heart-rending story of Robbie James continues in Joyce's second book, Belonging. Now grown, Robbie struggles to find his place in a world that has committed him to otherness. Based on a true story, Belonging is a tribute to the author's father and the other 100,000 children like him. It is a story of real life injustice and hardships faced by these children sent to Canada by Great Britain as indentured farm workers and domestics. Repeatedly unsettled and stigmatized by the communities meant to foster them, the Home Children went on to spend their lives searching for a place where they belonged. A part of history that must be acknowledged. A story that needs to be told.
NOVEL - A Casualty of Grace, a British Home Child novel
By Lisa Brown
This book is historical fiction based on stories of immigrant children to Canada. When Oliver and Simon are unexpectedly orphaned, the young brothers are left to face the world alone. With nobody to care for them, the workhouse looms and the threat of being torn apart becomes painfully real. The promise of a home together eases their fears, but it is a promise that is destined to be broken. After being separated from Simon, fate delivers Oliver to the Pritchard farm, where Liza Pritchard, a woman struggling with her own fractured and afflicted life, sees in Oliver the family she so desperately wants. But Oliver has to contend with her husband, an angry and violent man, and he can’t see past the terrible life he has been thrust into. Both Oliver and Liza have much to learn about faith and forgiveness, and together they embark on an emotional journey that will change each of them forever.
NOVEL - Stepping Stones: A novel based on the stories of immigrant children to Canada, including the British Home Children
By John E Milnes, Jan M Milnes
This book is historical fiction based on stories of immigrant children to Canada. With the emergence of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain came increased riches for the wealthy and desperate poverty for the poor. The Industrial Revolution was, in fact, the creation of mass production of goods previously generated by cottage industries. Large numbers of rural people followed the job route becoming the new urban poor. As a result of many varied reasons hordes of children found themselves living on the streets of the cities. The British Government, in a valiant attempt to help these lost souls, entered into an agreement with the Canadian Government, resulting in large numbers of British children emigrating to Canada in the new world. These were to become known as the British Home Children because they largely started out in a philanthropic home. Some even migrated through other means, as will be seen in the case of John Buchan, a significant character in this novel. The authors determined that the wealth of books presently available did not truly reflect the reality of the situation to which these children were subjected. Through this novel they hope to generate a greater interest in the children who were to play a large part in forming the demographic of an emerging nation. In Ontario alone 1 in 10 are believed to be descendants of these children.
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