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Home Children / Les Petits Émigrés

 
 
Home Children / Les Petits Émigrés Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 18, 2018
1. Home Children / Les Petits Émigrés Marker (Side A)
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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 cesse dans les années 1930, lorsque la Crise économique crée, au Canada, une main-d'oeuvre excédentaire, mais on avait déjà déplacé 100 000 enfants environ. Ce bâtiment, qui s'appelait autrefois

Home Children / Les Petits Émigrés Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 18, 2018
2. Home Children / Les Petits Émigrés Marker (Side B)
St. George's Home, était l'un des nombreux centres de transit de l'Ontario.
 
Erected by Ontario Heritage Foundation/Fondation du patrimoine ontarien.
 
Location. 45° 24.091′ N, 75° 43.656′ W. Marker is in Ottawa, Ontario. 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.
 
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); Westboro War Memorial (approx. 2.9 kilometers away); Maplelawn (approx. 3 kilometers away); a different marker also named Maplelawn (approx. 3 kilometers away); Maplelawn Oak Trees (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); Asbury College (approx. 3.2 kilometers away); Thomas D'Arcy McGee (approx. 3.2 kilometers away); Terry Fox 1958 -1981 (approx. 3.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ottawa.
 
Also see . . .
1. Home Children, 1869-1932 Records at Library and Archives Canada. (Submitted on March 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. British Home Children in Canada, 1869-1930 In the Ottawa, Ontario / Gatineau, Quebec Region. (Submitted on March 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Home Children / Les Petits Émigrés Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 18, 2018
3. Home Children / Les Petits Émigrés Marker
At the former St. George's Home

3. 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.)
4. On Their Own: Britain's Child Migrants. (Submitted on March 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. British Home Children in Canada, St. George's Home. (Submitted on March 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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The Former St. George's Home image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 18, 2018
4. The Former St. George's Home
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 19, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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