Home Children / Les Petits Émigrés
Beginning in 1869, British charitable societies removed children from slums and orphanages in congested industrial cities and brought them to Canada to serve as cheap farm and domestic labour. "Homes" were set up across the country to house the girls and boys until they were placed in service. Monitoring of the children after placement were superficial, leaving them susceptible to mistreatment. Child emigration was discontinued in the 1930s when the Great Depression created a labour surplus in Canada. By then, up to 100,000 children had been transported. This building formerly known as St. George's Home, was one of many distribution centres in Ontario.
Dès 1869, les organisations charitables britanniques prennent les enfants des bas quartiers et des orphelinats des villes industrielles surpeuplées pour les envoyer au Canada où ils travaillent à vil prix comme aides dans les maisons et dans les fermes. Partout, on ouvre des «foyers» où les filles et les garçons restent jusqu'à ce qu'on leur trouve une place Après leur placement, on ne contrôle guère le sort de ces enfants, ce qui les expose à de mauvais traitements. L'émigration des enfants
Erected by Ontario Heritage Foundation/Fondation du patrimoine ontarien.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Charity & Public Work. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
Location. 45° 24.091′ N, 75° 43.656′ W. Marker is in Ottawa, Ontario, in Ottawa Division. Marker is on Wellington Street West (Road 36), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1153 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Y9, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nepean Town Hall / Mairie de Nepean (approx. 2.3 kilometers away); Christ Church Cathedral / La cathédrale Christ Church (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); The Capital's Forest Heritage / Le patrimoine forestier de la capitale (approx. 2.4 kilometers away); Memorial Heights War Memorial (approx. 2.5 kilometers away); Royal Canadian Naval Monument / Monument De La Marine Royale Canadienne (approx. 2.5 kilometers away); L’aménagement de la région de la capitale / Building a Capital RegionVeterans Charter / La Charte des Anciens Combattants (approx. 2.7 kilometers away); Canada's Discovery Route / La voie de la découverte du Canada (approx. 2.7 kilometers away in Quebec). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ottawa.
Also see . . .
1. Home Children, 1869-1932. Library and Archives Canada website entry (Submitted on March 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. They Were But Children: The Immigration of British Home Children to Canada (Brazeau, 2014). (Submitted on March 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. On Their Own: Britain's Child Migrants. (Submitted on March 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. British Home Children in Canada, St. George's Home. (Submitted on March 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.