Very few of Canada’s British Home Children wrote about their lives. Of those who did, few accounts have survived which makes this short auto-biography by David Nunn extremely precious. His great-granddaughter, Debbie Nunn Woytta, says, “My father says he (David) never talked about when he was a child and how he came to Canada. He was […]
Thanks to Verna Rigo, a friend from church, for the photo of Fred Packman and for bringing his name forward. Knowing about my book, Promises of Home – Stories of Canada’s British Home Children, Verna showed me a photo she found in an old family album. “He was a Barnardo boy who lived with my grandparents,” she said. […]
Three brothers, the sons of Jane (Wiltshire) and William Thomas Penfold were placed with Barnardo's after their father's death in 1898. In 1905, Sydney Cecil, aged 10, and Augustus George, age 8, arrived in Canada. Three years later, their younger brother, Arthur John, aged six, arrived. The boys were placed with families in the Hamilton area.
On Saturday, September 27, I attended a gathering in Peterborough of the Hazelbrae Barnardo Home Memorial Group. Founder and President of the organization, Ivy Sucee, was winner of the 2011 Civic Awards for the City of Peterborough for helping people trace their Barnardo ancestors. Ivy, and her committee, put together a great afternoon, complete with lunch a […]
Sadly, no photos are available of Nellie Rose Daniels. But, it’s possible she’s one of the girls in the photo below. Thanks to Gerald Southam for sending the information and photos on Nellie, his great aunt. Readers interested in Middlemore Homes, the agency that immigrated Nellie, can visit the Middlemore Atlantic Society Canada here. Nellie Rose Daniels [ […]
Thanks to Doreen Young, daughter of Ronald Chamberlain, for providing the information and photos used in this story. At age five, Ronald Chamberlain was admitted to the Barnardo Home along with his older brother, Reginald. Both boys were illegitimate. Ronald’s father, Jack Bradshaw, was expected to marry Ron’s mother, Maud, when he returned from the war. Sad […]
One of the most unusual British Home Child stories is that of Gypsy Simon Smith. Simon was born to Bartholomew and Susan Smith in a gypsy camp in the middle of Epping Forest in England on July 25, 1875. Simon’s father, Bartholomew, and his father’s brothers, Cornelius and Woodlock attended an evangelical meeting at a Plymouth Brethren church. At this meeti […]
Yesterday, I attended the memorial ceremony at Black Creek Village to honour the British Home Children who fought and died in WWI. This event was organized by The British Home Child Advocacy & Research Association of which I am a part. To say that the event touched my heart is an understatement. I knew that many Home […]
I remained there about a year unwillingly of course and if decent people only knew what I went through they would be shocked, but there I was without a soul to turn to for help, no writing paper, no money even to buy a stamp. I was forbidden to go outside the front gate by this farmer, for if I did he said he would horse whip me to death, and meant it.
ANNOUNCING THE RELEASE OF: A band of child pilgrims in mass exodus, numbering 100,000, spanning seven decades (1869-1939), arrived in Canada. Like seed, they were scattered from Atlantic to Pacific, not in handfuls as would have been appropriate for children, but in singles, one here, another there. Hampered by the derogatory label, Home Child, severed […]