Between 1869 and 1939, about 100,000 child immigrants, casualties of unemployment and poverty in Britain, were uprooted from their homes and families. With hopes of giving them new lives in Canada, British agencies sent children to receiving homes like this one. From there, a few of the younger children were adopted into Canadian families, but most were apprenticed as agricultural labourers or domestic servants. Often deprived of education and the comforts of family life Home Children suffered loneliness and prejudice.
This Plaque placed outside 51 Avon Street, Stratford, Ontario was dedicated on 19th August 2001 to commemorate the contribution of “Home Children” to Canada.
Over 1,400 Bristol children were sent to Canada from the 1860’s to 1915 when the last group of children sailed from Liverpool. This was only a small percentage of the 100,000 who were taken out by many different agencies. Large groups of children were taken from different parts of the country; John Middlemore working in Birmingham, William Quarrier in Scotland, James Fegan in Kent, and Thomas Barnardo took children from many places in Britain. The churches also became involved with both Church of England and Roman Catholic clergy becoming concerned that children were settled into homes practising their family religion. There were many others working in different areas taking both large and small groups. The Bristol children were taken from a number of institutions by different people all believing they were helping the children to achieve a better start in life.
- Annie Macpherson
- Louisa Birt
- Maria Rye
- Mary Carpenter
- Mark Whitwill
- Margaret Forster
- Rev. George Rogers
- Rev Shipperley
- Catherine Woollam
- Mary Clifford
The Bristol children formed a small group of the whole but even so should not be forgotten.
I have recorded as much information as I could find in the different records wrote it into a database giving names and information of the Bristol children who were sent from this city.
Please check the last page for names of Bristol children sent to Canada.