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email of 200912
Contact from 2008
Hi there I have just read an entry on the website...no 031108 from Lynda walker(neeFelth).
Coombe - Info on Arthur Sadler
I was stunned to see these pictures of people i had only heard of from my parents. My father Thomas adams taught at coomb carmarthenshire and my mother was a sister irene bennett.can you tell me is mr arthur sadler still alive? my parents often spoke of him. thank you for your time.
email to theirhistory 140411
Message Subject = find friend,s from Bourne place school NCH Hildenbourgh, kent
Comments = i am looking for friend,s who i was at Bourne place with from 1965 to 1974. most of my friends knew me as kenny, please help me as i would love to hear and hopefully meet up with some old mates.
kenneth cleveland simms
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David James Goodey of Highbury NCH
I am helping my friend search for her half brother born David James Goodey 2/3/1961. He was in a childrens home in Highbury in his very early years and then adopted. His father was called John Hackshaw or something like that!
We would love to make contact with him. His birth mother and a large and energetic family are all alive and waiting.
Message Subject = robert wesley wilkinson
I am looking for relatives to robert wesley wilkinson who passed away on 13/05/2004 in penarth wales uk if you are a relative or a friend who could give me any information on this gentleman could you please please get in touch with me many thanks tony yeoman
My name is Jennifer Ayling nee Ray, my sister Anne & I went to Sea View in Penarth South Wales at the end of 1948 or early 1949.
"I am looking for my sister, Irena Kaiser, who was at Chipping Norton from 1953 when she was 3 years old.
Email to theirhistory 151110
We have a Facebook Group for Newton Hall. I wanted to alert you to the absolutely amazing photos that have appeared on there.
On another note, could you post this on the Info pages of Their History Website, please?
Hello Newton Hallers
The group Newton Hall is on Facebook and is welcome for Old Boys and Girls of Newton Hall. There ar 76 members, who are quite active, and lots and lots of great photos and lots of information.
Please follow this link and see you there.
Best wishes to you all
Sister Ingrid Hitchens was my sister at NCH Newton Hall, Frodsham..1st we were put in Boston, were she was Sister, then moved to Firbank whilst the new flat, no 16 was being refurbished. Mr Wicks was the super at the time. Sister Ingrid came over to the IOM a few years ago to see me, as I had moved there. Last I heard she was running a childrens centre in Bolton.
It would be nice to see pictures of the time I was at Newton Hall, from 1959-1968?
My name then was Lola June Smith, dob-08/05/1954 and I was there with my brothers and sisters, some of whom lived with Sister Joyce.
Lola Harrison <email@example.com>
Yeah I remember you Susan, and Anne Ling and her bro, was with Sister Ingrid
Lola Harrison ( nee Smith)
Yes I remember Helen Parry, Was it Carol and Roy Smith? I used to sing in the church choir, with Susan Ferguson, my closest friend there was Dawn Coetzee, my Name was then Lola Smith, with sister Ingrid at 16, I'm now Harrison.Peter Dibo was another friend there..and Stella Harris was in our flat,with David, Alan and Paul Davidson? my sisters are Carole Smith, Angela, Evelyn, Thelma, and brothers Owen, Roy, and Trevor.
Info on Andrew Jeffs of Forest House NCH, West Sussex
I had a friend at primary school who lived at NCH Forest House, Mannings Heath, West Sussex. His name is Andrew Jeffs. He was there between the years 1975 and 1980, if not for all that time.
Thanks very much for your time.
My name is edwin everett price i was in the nch at harpenden from 1954 to 1964 i lived at no 5 with sister young i would like to get in touch with some of the old boys who was at the home when i was there i can remember some of the boys who were there.martin danger, david mason, mickie grimes, ann munrow, john turner,roland parhouse, marion slade, bertie baldwin.
My name is Clifford Smith I lived at the Oval between 1970 and 1976 I spent most of my time as I remember it at flat 13 with sister Joan, I remember Peter and David who went to live with a chap who worked with us, I can’t quite remember his name. There was Angie and Anitan, Michael who if I remember correctly went to work at lords cricket ground, John, Andrew who went to live in Wisbeach I believe and I also remember Sarah and Steven who were brother and sister who lived in a flat on the other side of the oval.
I remember a lot about those days, the Boys and Girls wood, The Church, School ,the club house. I remember going to Manland and I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.
I was at Westcroft Home, Sheringham, from 1965 to 1969,
Cathkin House, Rutherglen. Glasgow Branch
email of 160310
I was in westcroft home from around 1965 to 1968. I was there with my sister Christine & brothers Paul & Steven.
The only name I can remember is Stella who I shared a room with, would love to hear from anyone who was there at this time
hello there, i am hoping to find out if anyone is out there who was at fairfield NCH children''s home in Harrogate, North Yorkshire? I was there from 1967 (from birth) until 1972. i left when i was 5. I would love to see some photos as it has been knocked down or to hear from anyone there during that time. i was 5 when i left so my memory is limited but i was looked after by ''auntie sylvia'' (sylvia Lincoln).
helloo, i was at Frodsham - Newton Hall around the late 70''s
helloo, i was at Frodsham - Newton Hall around the late 70''s
Harrogate & Harpenden Printing & Cricket
I was excited to find your site as my Mum is trying to trace some of my Dad’s cricketing days at Highfield, Harpenden as a gift for him.
My Dad, Brian Leslie Crisp was bought up in the Harrogate Chidlrens Home, particularly by a kind lady, known as ‘Sister Beth’. My Dad was there along with his brother Ray and sister Sheila. My Dad went into care at about 10 yrs of age so that would have been 1947.
At the age of 15 he came ‘down south’ and started an apprenticeship at ‘the printing school’. It was there that he tells of many tales of fantastic cricket and apparently was often man of the match. He particularly remembers playing against St.Georges school, Harpenden. This would have been somewhere between 1952-56.
Reliving his youth (and happy times at the NCH and all connected) would be a wonderful surprise for my Dad and so I wondered if you had any information on where I could possibly find maybe photos or records at all? Dad only has limited photos and none of his cricket-days!
Mum and I have looked at the local library in St.Albans but could not find anything suitable.
Dad met my Mum and they have been married since 1968.
Gyde House & Westcroft home
Gyde House & Westcroft home
My and my older brother and sister were in Stelling Hall in or around 1967 but not for a long time. Today my brother and me visited the Hall but it is now residential. The building and grounds are of course as they were but the stone building has now been covered and painted cream. Does anyone have any photographs of the home in the 60''s - maybe events, staff, rooms etc.
I am trying to find the date on which Founders day occured each year.
This was the day celebrating the founder of the N.C.H.
On this day the relatives of the children were invited to visit the home where their children were living
There would a morning service, after which they would be invited to look around the Home and talk to the Sisters.
Then there would be a light lunch either inside or outside depending on the weather.
The parents could also take their children out for the day if so desired.
WHAT DATE DID IT FALL ON PLEASE, DOES ANYONE REMEMBER?
Ex Southport branch. 1943 - 1953.
My brother and I were at NCH Frodsham 1962 - 68. Does anyone remember us? Tony & Moti Stephens. The names I remember are Peter Wilde, Simon Owl, Susan Owens, Christine Young, Norman, Susan and Maureen Ferguson. Michael Brogan, Mr&Mrs Timson our sister was Helen Parry. School friend was John Perry. I also remember a Carol and Roy with whom I played. I remember the funtimes we had and sad times also.
email of 180809
Hi, My name is Shirley Ann THOMAS. I was at Newton Hall between 1965 - 1970. I lived at flat five during my stay. Sister Ruth and Miss Mills took care of me.
Info on Peter Wilde
Contact Name = Moti Stephens
Message Subject = Peter Wilde
Comments = I remember Peter Wilde at the branch. Would like to know where and what he is doing?
Harpenden thoughts, I have been reading many, if not all of letters and comments from various old boys and girls from the various NCH branches.
My name is Leslie Jones.
I am writing a family history book about my own family and wish to include some photographs to illustrate my memories of that time.
Harpenden 1950''s - 1960s
Hi my name is Ronald Spooner and I lived at No 17 Highfield Ovel Harpenden,NCH from 1957/1969 if thereare any other old boys or girls who would like to get in contact with me I will be very pleased.
email of 030709
My father Harry Nelson (73) was at the Frodsham Branch (Newton Hall) of the NCH between 1939-1951. He was looked after by Sister Nora Owens. I believe he stayed in the JF House.
Other Children in his house were Trevor Cokayne (not sure of spelling), Brian Riding and Tony Gardener.
After the NCH he joined the merchant navy in Liverpool/Birkenhead. He now lives with his wife in Hampshire.
Did you know my father?
David Nelson (his son)
I am an ex NCH member of staff looking for old friends from Hildenbourgh kent / the 16 plus unit in the bromley area. my grandparents ran the harpendon kids home from the second world war - Charles Roycoft and my dad was deupty of Ryalls Court in seaton devon / and Hildenbourgh Kent. I worked in the Hildenbourgh / Bromley home and would like to contact old staff from there.
can you help please
cary sawbridge / witham
Harpenden Photo Wanted
Staff photographs of the 1940s
Does anyone have any photos of highfield home in harpeneden herts for the 1940s as im trying to find a photo of eva brooker she was one of the staff there ,she is on my husbands birth line and we have come so for in our search it would be nice if we could find a photo eva brooker i know she was there in 1941. eva is my husbands anutie .thank you so much for your time he would be so please if someone could send us a photo of eva brooker he would then be able to put faces to names we have thank you very much kind regards ann.
Helga of Bristol
I was at Holmwood, NCH, Westbury on Trym, Bristol from 1955 - 1963. I was in the Robinson family.
Does anybody know anyone who went there? My name was Helga Pucill. I left when I was 9 year of age.
Sister Doreen Boyce was the "sister" at that time.
I have also wondered how John Yanni fared. I used to get on really well with him as I recall, but he was sent to the "naughty boys school" after trashing one of the living rooms.
Peter Wilde of Frodsham
I was at newton hall for 14 years 1960 to 1974. I spent most of my time at Flat 13 with Sister Joyce. There are many names I recognise as I read the many memories children had of their times at Newton Hall .
Info on Princess Alice Orphanage wanted
Princess Alice Orphanage New Oscott.
I believe that Josiah Mason (Of Birmingham Univesity fame as well as the Mason Orphanage) was also associated through Solomon, with the PAO; can you help with any further information regarding the above please?
I would be happy to discuss with any NCH staff/archivists/historian the possibility of creating a written history if the source material is available. (I am a graduate in Local/Regional History)
Your comments and any assistance are eagerly anticipated.
email of 010109
Info on Pastens
I would really like to have some photos of Pastens where I grew up in the 1940''s and have some history of the house (like who owned it) before it became an orphanage.
Derek of Stelling Hall
Hi my name is Derek Bailey I was in Stelling Hall from 1957 to 1969. I spent a good few years in west Lodge, but my last 2 years were spent in flat 4 with Mr & Mrs Davies. Basically I feel that when Stelling Hall closed down, my childhood memories went with it. I.m looking for people who were there during that time & may have old photographs that they might wish to share.
Email of 221208
Mark of Birmingham
I lived at Watson House (133 Birmingham rd Sutton Coldfield) Sister Irean Bryan was in charge, do you know if there are any photos I can get hold of, I lived there from 1968 to 1976.
Vincent of Newton Hall
hi, my name is vinny doherty as some of you will remember me as skinny vinny i had 6 brothers and 1 sister called carol
Gyde House - Painswick
Hi I was at Gyde House in Painswick for 5 years from 1977-1982 I found it one of the most enjoyable times of my life that I can look back on,I was in care from the age of 6 til 18 in 4 different homes and 2 sets of foster parents,yet even through all this change I have come out the other side....well I dont know how to describe myself.I would like to thank all staff at Gyde for putting up with me I know I was a tearaway back then so many thanks.I wish I could find you all as when I was taken away from there I missed you all,if you read this please feel free to email me would love to here from you.
Vivienne of Harpenden
Hi I was in Harpenden NCH from somewhere around 1950 - 1956/7 .
Lynda of Harpenden
Hi Everyone, my name is Lynda Walker. I was at Harpenden Branch from 1953 to 1963 my name then was Lynda Felth. I would love to be in contact with Julia Morrison, Lesley Bloomfield, Frances Allum, Cherry (sorry cannot remember your surname)any of the Littlechilds and Dangars and also any of the Lloyds especially Pamela. Have been back living in Harpenden for the last 13 years. My email is
Susan of Frodsham
My name then susan owens and I lived at Newton Hall with my brothers and sisters i think in flat 2. I lived there from late 50''s untill the the late 60''s (unsure of exact dates). I went to kingsley high school. The sister''s name who looked after us was sister Shiela. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me or my family and i am especially looking for my best friend back then Ann Ling who i think lived in flat 11.
John Swift of Frodsham
Message Subject = Frodsham contacts
I would very much like to contact anybody that might remember me from Frodsham circa 1940-46.We did not have Flats in those days but lived in houses named after benefactors(mostly Fowlers).I lived in William Fowler with Sister Alice Collins and I remember many names which may be wrong for me to mention here. Most of my memories are good.
Missing Phone Number FAO John Agnew
Sorry lost your telephone number john agnew its peter taylor but it was great speak with you after all these years you made my day.
Please email theirhistory, message ref 170808
Harpenden Flat 9
Was it you who you that lived in flat 9 with sister janet and was it your email about sister ruleing with a iron rod my is peter taylor
Does anyone out there remember the McGroary family from Highfield Oval in the 70ts? I had a sister called Christine and Antoinett, i am Michele and my brother David. i''m pretty sure we lived in flat 2, although my sister was moved to flat 1 just before being adopted. I remeber some of the staff , Miss Kathy, Miss Anne Miss Joan, if you can help me with any inforamtion could you contact me please on
Thanks in advance. michele.
My late Aunt Marjorie Doreen Atkin was a sister at Southbank home for girls Nottingham from approx late 1940s to her marriage in 1965, she doesnt seem to be on your listing, can you help? however I do remember meeting a sister Lucy (similar age group ) & I wonder wether Lucy Moore was indeed her.
I was only 8 in 1965 but I remember visiting her there a few times & it always seemed that we had boiled eggs for tea !!
Frodsham From Peter Taylor
hi my name is John Agnew I lived in flat 9 with my brother Paul I had two other brothers Andrew and George they both lived in flat 15.
Info on PeterHayward
Has anybody any information on where I might contact Peter Haywood,we were together in the fifties,my housekeeper was Sister Marjorie Young of O.G.B.Up.Mr Shutt was head,also can anybody remember taking part in the Gymnastics Display which we did at the Royal Albert Hall. Alan Francis.
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Email of 250408
My name is Tony and I lived at flat 15 with Sister Ena in my earlier years and then moved to 22 highfield oval, with Aunty Shirley and Uncle Alan. I went to Roundwood School!
email of 250308
Frodsham info please.
Re Dorothy Mary/May Jones,
To any body that was at flat nine sister janets steven ashley carl walker john and paul ague gerald and paul mc nulty my name is peter taylor lots memorys as it was yesterday steves got brother called whally and his lovely mum brought him old jamiacas bars me gerry played football in the circle with simon ogan are you all around still if so lets get together the true people of frodsham ps like to meet all people that remember me i was there roughley in 70s for about four years carole ogan nicky acanyemi and peter was it a nickname coffee bow steve ashley can you remember the woodbines i choke ha ha good memorys for you all
I was at Princess Alice from 1949 to 1957 at Sutton Coldfield anyone who knows me would love a chat.
Nadine who lived in Copeley House.
Princess Alice - Birmingham
I was there from 1948 to 1963 and would love to hear from any one who remembers me. I was Dilys Powell and I lived in Jeavons House. I was devastated recently when I went back to find that the whole area was now a retail park. I thought at least they would have kept the huge clock – it ruled our lives !!
Dilys Thomas nee Powell
HARPENDEN & BONNER ROAD
My mother, now deceased, was a resident at Harpenden from about 1922 until around 1932, and was also at Bonner Road for a short while. I'd be very interested to hear from anyone who has stories of Harpenden from those times.
My name is Roger Green . i used to go to Bourne place N C H in the 1980 s . if any one remembers me please email me some of the kids in were donald beard - richard malcom - robert norton- scot murry- ian brown - rodney rix - pauling johnston -mark whitehead- paul coom -matthew barton-clint -martin smith-maggy fliz -micheal bint - phillip and sam twin brothers- and some staff- mr collins- mr gibson - mr bashford- son matthew - daughter clair- head master mr davis- miss humpfree- mr davis - mr john Lloyd fovergill- mis austin she used to call me see no evil - hear no evil - speak no evil- and not to forget one .special teacher who is the best mr reavley - wife miss reavley - daughter- josafin. if any one rememberd me please contact me . as i miss you all . bourn place was great i learned so much there and the most inportant thing good maners + respect to others . thanks to bourne place . thanks from Roger Green
I would like to hear from anyone that has any information or was at NCH Harpenden Herts. Clifton House, the house mother was Lottie Farmer, Mr Schutt was the Governor.
I was there 1949-1954 looking for pictures or anyone that would remember me .
My father Robert Wilkinson-now 84- was in NCH Frodsham 1931-1939. His sister Lily was also there .
Harpenden Contacts Wanted
Contact wanted for those at Harpenden mid 1960s to early 1970s
Veronica – 1970 -?
My name is Ossie Glover, although most would remember me as ‘Azu’.
Please email Ossie
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Harpenden - Ossie
I was in Harpenden 1967/8 to 1970 lived at Flat 9. Would like to make contact with others who might know me, and those I might know. ossie(AT)fatahe.com
Frodsham - Newton Hall
Derek Southworth 1966 - 1970/71 Springside nursery and Flat 5 Jillian Southworth 1966 - 1971/2 Flat 5 and Boston House Tracey Southworth 1966 - 1971/2 Flat 1 Julie Southworth 1966 - 1971/2 Flat 1 Gary Southworth 1966 - 1971/2 Flat 5 and Boston House Alison Tilley Names recollected: Mrs Jones, nursery cook Sister Ruth Sister Margarat Miss Mills Carol head Anyone from Newton Hall or NCH that knows me or not, please feel free to contact me, Derek.
Harpenden - Highfield Oval
Philip Howard (Baggy Pants) Flat 1 1965-1968 Lenton V..... Flat 1 1960's Susan Burrell, Harpenden 1960-1970, had a younger sister Patricia there with me, lived in flat 10 with Sister Ella Phillips.
Trying to trace ex HARPENDEN
CHILDREN SENT OVERSEAS
1 The Children's Friend Society The Children's Friend Society was founded in London in 1830, as the Society for the Suppression of Juvenile Vagrancy, through the reformation and emigration of children. In 1832 the first party of children were sent to the Cape of Good Hope and Swan River Colony in Australia. In August 1833 their first party of children was despatched to Toronto, Canada with a total of 230 children being sent to Ontario and New Brunswick.
2 Annie MacPherson The Children's Aid Society founded in 1853 in New York sent out orphans from New York by "orphan train" to the farming states of the mid-west at Kansas, Ohio, Michigan and Iowa. This idea of sending out children to schools to be trained for farm work was adopted in London in 1870 by Annie MacPherson, the Scottish Evangelist. She escorted her first party of 100 children to her centre at Belleville, Ontario in 1870 and sent further children to her receiving homes of Marchmont and Galt, in Ontario, and Knowlton in Quebec. Annie MacPherson also arranged emigration parties for children from Dr. Barnardo's, the Quarrier Homes in Scotland and the Smyly Homes of Dublin as well as her own Home of Industry in East London.
3 Liverpool Sheltering Homes In the late 1860s Alexander Balfour and Stephen Williamson, partners in the Liverpool shipowning firm of Balfour, Williamson & Co., became concerned at the numbers of destitute and orphaned children in Liverpool. Balfour along with another Liverpool shipowner, John Houghton, heard Annie MacPherson lecturing in London on her work with child emigration. Her sister, Louisa Birt, who assisted in her work, came to Liverpool to lecture about their work at a public meeting, which was held in November 1872. It was agreed that a society should be established in Liverpool to further this work, with the fundraising and management of the home to be kept separate from the London organisation. John Houghton offered the free use of premises adjoining the old Byrom Hall Baptist Chapel in Byrom Street, which was formally opened on the 1 May 1873. The purpose of the Liverpool Sheltering Homes was to rescue destitute children, train them in the home, and accompanying them to Canada. From Marchmont House in Ontario they were placed with families although they were supervised and visited until they reached the age of eighteen. In 1889 the Liverpool Sheltering Homes moved into a new Home in Myrtle Street. Following the death of Louisa Birt in 1915, the family involvement was continued by her daughter Miss Lilian Birt. During Louisa Birt's lifetime an estimated 6,000 children were sent to Canada. The Home closed during the First World War but reopened in 1919. Six years later it was amalgamated with Dr. Barnardo's, who closed their own Home in Liverpool and transferred to Myrtle Street. The Home was used as a training centre for boys before they migrated to Canada. In the late 1920s, as migration to Canada ceased, it was used as a home for schoolboys until it closed in 1935. The records are held at Liverpool University as part of the Barnardo's archive.
4 Maria Rye's Female Middle-Class Emigration Society Maria Rye (1829-1903) founded the Female Middle-Class Emigration Society in 1861, and was responsible for escorting parties of young women to Australia, Canada and New Zealand. From 1869 she also assisted young girls from workhouses, aged between 5-12 years. In September 1869 she sent her first party of 76 children, including many from Liverpool workhouse schools, to Canada on the SS Hibernian from Liverpool. In the annual report of 1874 Maria said that the "expense of taking a child out of the gutters in London, and placing it in Canada .... may be roughly reckoned at £15 per head". Her main home in England was in Peckham, which was opened on the 13 July 1872. Most girls spent up to a year there before they were sent to Canada via Liverpool and Quebec, from where they would travel by train to the reception home at Niagara, called 'Our Western Home'. In 1874 the Local Government Board commissioned Andrew Doyle, one of its senior inspectors, to report back on the schemes for emigration of workhouse children to Canada, with particular concern expressed about the schemes operated by Maria Rye and Annie MacPherson. Following his critical report, the Local Government Board stopped the emigration of children from workhouses in March 1875, a decision that forced Maria Rye to suspend sending out more children for two years. Upon Maria Rye's retirement in 1895 the management of her organisation passed to the Church of England Waifs and Strays Society (see 11 below). Emigration through the scheme ceased in July 1915 when the Home closed. Records of her organisation can be found at Liverpool University.
5 National Children's Homes The National Children's Homes and Orphanages was founded by the Methodist Reverend Thomas Bowman Stephenson, Francis Horner and Alfred Mager, 1869. The first Children's Home was opened in London but they quickly expanded into other areas of Britain (becoming known as the National Children's Home in 1907). The charity started an emigration scheme sending children to Canada from 1873-1931, to Australia as part of the Fairbridge Farm School (1937-1939) and directly itself from 1950-1954. A total of 3,600 children were sent to Canada, Australia and New Zealand between 1873-1931 alone. The Maritime Archives & Library holds a small collection of photographs of children, publicity leaflets and historical notes, including an account of the first party of children's voyage on the SS Polynesian to Ontario in 1873. DX/444 c.1900-1980
6 Catholic Organisations Father Nugent of Liverpool, through his Nugent Society Care Homes, was the first of the Catholic organisations to send children to Canada. He made arrangements with local parish priests who were to place the children with local families in Quebec and Ontario. In 1870 a small party of 24 children and Father Nugent set sail for Canada, and Father Nugent became a pioneer in finding new homes, new lives and new opportunities for destitute children. On their arrival he embarked on a nine month lecture tour of Canada and America, pleading the case for "Nobody's Children". His argument was that "poverty is no crime, but a misfortune". If you are trying to trace someone who emigrated to Canada or the USA, you can contact the Archivist at their Head Office (see address list at the end of this information sheet). The Custody of Children Act (Barnardo's Act) 1891 legalised the work of private emigration societies, and Catholic child migration became focussed through the Archdiocese of Westminster's "Crusade of Rescue" in 1899 and all work was moved to St. George's in Ottawa. By the early 1900s children were being sent to Canada from Father Berry's Homes in Liverpool. St. George's was closed in 1935. Records for the Catholic children in Canada were returned to England and some were subsequently destroyed. However, the original records may still be available in Britain (see address list at the end of this information sheet).
7 Dr. Barnardo's Founded in London in 1869, Dr. Barnardo's sent out children with Annie MacPherson in the 1870s before sending children themselves, with some 30,000 children and young people being sent to Canada between 1882-1939. Around 2,784 children and young people were sent out to Australia from 1921 until the end of child migration in 1967 when Barnardo's sent out its last nine migrants.
8 Fegan's Child and Family Care (Fegan's Homes) James Fegan founded his first home in Deptford in 1872. He sent out around 3,166 boys to his homes in Brandon, Manitoba and Toronto, Canada, between 1884-1938.
9 Quarriers Homes Quarriers Homes (formerly the Orphan Homes of Scotland and Quarriers Homes) sent out their first children to Ontario, Canada with Annie MacPherson on the ship St. David on 2 July 1872. In 1888 they set up their own receiving home "Fairknowe" at Brockville, Ontario, to receive children from the Quarrier Home in Scotland and from the Douglas Industrial Home, Isle of Man.
10 Middlemore Homes John T. Middlemore founded the Child's Emigration Homes in Birmingham, and sent out children to Ontario, Canada in 1873, and later from 1893 to Nova Scotia. In all, a total of 5,000 children were sent to Canada and around 259 to Australia (1922-1955) in association with the Fairbridge Farm Schools.
11 The Children's Society (formerly the Church of England Waifs and Strays Society) The Children's Society sent out approximately 3,940 children to Canada, Australia and Southern Rhodesia between 1883 and 1955. It maintained six receiving homes in Canada which received children between 1883-1937, and from 1925-c.1955 used other agencies to send children to Australia and Southern Rhodesia.
12 The Farming School Movements In 1903 Mrs. Elinor Close established a training farm in Nova Scotia to train workhouse children before their placement with Canadian farmers. In 1912 Thomas Sedgewick sent out his first party of 50 youths (15-19 yrs old) from Liverpool and London to New Zealand. The first farm school of the Child Emigration Society of Oxford was established by Kingsley Fairbridge at Pinjarra near Perth, Australia in 1912. The Fairbridge Society became the leading exponent of the farm school movement, and assisted over 3,362 child migrants to Australia between 1913-c.1960. In the 1950s they also introduced a Parent Migration Scheme.
13 The Salvation Army The Salvation Army founded by William Booth assisted emigrants to Canada in the late 19th century, especially children up until World War One. After the War they sent migrants to Australia, especially farm boys who were trained at its special training camp at Riverview, Brisbane. In the 1920s the Army chartered the Vedic to make four voyages with emigrants to Australia.
14 Child Migrant Trust In 1986 Nottingham social worker, Margaret Humphreys, set up the Child Migrant Trust to assist former child migrants reunite with their families. In 1998 after several years of campaigning by the Child Migrant Trust, a UK Parliamentary Committee visited Australia to report on the child migration policy and the poor treatment of many of the child migrants, particularly those in the Catholic homes in Western Australia and Queensland. On the 13 August 1998 the Western Australian Legislative Assembly apologised to the former child migrants for their poor treatment in the state's institutions.
BOOKS ON CHILDREN'S HOMES
BAGNALL, Kenneth. The Little Immigrants: The Orphans Who Came to Canada. Toronto: Macmillan, 1980.
BARKER, Ralph. CHILDREN of the BENARES: A War Crime and its Victims. Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Methuen, 1987.
BEAN, Philip & MELVILLE, Joy. Lost Children of the Empire. London: Unwin Hyman, 1989.
BLACKBURN, Geoff. The Children's Friend Society: Juvenile Emigrants to Western Australia, South Africa and Canada, 1834-1842. Northbridge: W.A. Access, 1993.
BOWDER, Bill. Children First: A Photo of England's Children in Need. London: Mowbray, 1980.
FETHNEY, Michael. The Absurd and the Brave: CORB the True Account of the British Government's World War II Evacuation of children overseas. Sussex: Book Guild, 1990.
GILL, Alan. Orphans of the Shocking Story of Child Emigration to Australia. Milsons Point, New South Wales: Vintage, 1998.
HORNE, Alistair. A Bundle from Britain. London: Macmillan, 1993. HUMPHREYS, Margaret. Empty Cradles. London: Corgi Books, 1995.
PARR, Joy. Labouring Children: British Immigrant Apprentices to Canada, 1869-1924. London: Croom Helm, 1980.
SHERINGTON, Geoffrey & JEFFERY, Chris. Fairbridge, Empire and Child Emigration. London: Woburn Press, 1998.
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Useful Addresses Child Welfare Archives Department of Special Collections and Archives Sydney Jones Library University of Liverpool PO Box 123 Liverpool L69 3DA Tel: 0151 794 2696 Fax: 0151 794 2681
The National Archives (PRO) Ruskin Avenue Kew, Richmond Surrey TW9 4DU Tel: 020 8392 5200 Fax: 020 8878 8905 Website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Barnardo's - After Care Centre Tanner's Lane Barkingside Ilford Essex Tel: 020 8550 8822 Fax: 020 8498 7017 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.barnardos.org.uk
For child emigration timeline: www.goldonian.org/barnardo/child migrationl.htm
Catholic Children's Society 73 St. Charles Square London W10 6EJ Tel: 020 8969 5305 Fax¨020 8960 1464 Website: www.cathchild.org.uk
Fairbridge 207 Waterloo Road London SE1 8XD Tel: 020 7928 1704 Fax: 020 7928 6016 Email: email@example.com
National Children's Home (NCH) 85 Highbury Park London N5 1UD Tel: 020 7704 7094 Fax: 020 7704 7172 Website: www.nch.org.uk
The Salvation Army 101 Newington Causeway London SE1 6BN Tel: 020 7367 4924 Fax: 020 7367 4712
Middlemore Homes 55 Stevens Avenue Bartley Green Birmingham B32 3SD Tel: 0121 427 2429 Fax: 0121 427 8752
Mr. Fegan's Homes Inc. 160 St. James Road Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 2HE Tel: 01892 538288 Fax: 01892 515793 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.fegans.org.uk
Quarrier Homes Bridge-of-Weir Renfrewshire PA11 3SX Scotland Email: email@example.com Website: www.quarriers.org.uk
Children's Society Archive Block A, Floor 2 Tower Bridge Business Complex 100 Clement Road Bermondsey London SE16 4DG Tel: 020 75252 2966 Fax: 020 7837 39 02 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barnardo's Photographic and Film Archive Tanners Lane Barkingside Ilford Essex IG6 1QL Tel: 020 8498 7345 The Archivist - Nugent Care Society 99 Edge Lane Liverpool L7 2PE Tel: 0151 261 2000 Email: email@example.com Website: www.nugentcare.co.uk
Records relating to child migrants may be held in the archives of the recipient countries: For America, check the US National Archives and Records Administration at www.archives.gov For Australia, see the National Archives of Australia at www.naa.au New Zealand archives can be located at www.archives.govt.nz
For Canada, see the National Archives of Canada at www.archives.ca section on "Home Children". The Canadian National Archives holds the following: www.dcs.uwater.calmarj/genealogy/homeadd.html
is a website by Marjorie Kohl of the University of Waterloo, Canada, which provides information on organisations which sent children to Canada, 1833-1935. See www.doh.gov.uk/childmigrants
for information on child migration societies and organisations.
The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa website hosts projects for listing home children who came to Canada from Britain. This includes indexing of home children in the passenger lists of ships arriving in Canada from Britain between 1869 and 1948 (started in 1998), and the indexing of Middlemore home children arriving in Canada between 1873 and 1933 (started in 2001, with 1872-1892 on to date). See www.bifhsgo.ca/home_children.htm