Unhappy, and suffering from homesickness, Johnny began devising a way to return to England. One morning in the summer of 1899, Johnny went early to the back pasture. Instead of bringing the cows back to the barn, he kept walking to the Don Valley and found his way to Yonge Street.
Dr. Thomas Stephenson, a Wesleyan minister founded the National Children’s Home in 1869. “They needed a friend and a home,” he said of England’s destitute children, “someone to tell them of God and to teach them a trade.” Three years later, Stephenson established a receiving home at 1080 Main Street East in Hamilton and began to send children to Canada. Over […]
Like all British Home Children, Emily May became an indentured servant. During her first year in Canada, she worked for five employers: first, with a dressmaker in Norwood, then with families in Langton, Guelph, Campbellville and Smithville.
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 [ […]
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. Sadly, Jack lost his life in battle. Maud Chamberlain, and her two sons, lived with her father at 13 […]
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 […]