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From: "gail collins" <>
Subject: [WRY] Home Children
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 17:38:25 -0500


2010 has been designated as Year of the British Home Child in Canada.

>From 1869 to 1939 various workhouses, sheltering homes, orphanages and
child care organizations in Great Britain immigrated over 100,000 orphaned,
abandoned, pauper children ages 1 to 18 to Canada today known as the
British Home Children. Of the over 50 sending agencies, some of the more
well known names are Maria Rye, Macpherson, Fegan, Quarriers, Barnardo,
Middlemore, Catholic Emigration Society, Salvation Army, Church of England
Waif & Strays.

Canada Post is issuing a stamp to commemorate the British Home Children this October.

It is estimated that 12%, over 4 million of the Canadian population, is a
descendant of a Home Child. How many would there be worldwide?

There is a British Home Child mailing list and accompanying Descendants website for further
information http://www.britishhomechildren.org/

We hope you will join us in publicizing this important part of Canadian history
by helping us spread the word and educating the general public.

Maria Rye Home Children Database
Gail Collins 1869-1879
Chris Sanham 1880-1896


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