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The Little Immigrants: The Orphans Who Came to Canada Paperback – 1 Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn Group; New Ed edition (1 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550023705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550023701
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Kenneth Bagnell grew up in Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto in the sixties to pursue a career in journalism. He has worked with the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and has received various awards for magazine writing and editing. He is also a renowned public speaker.


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Excellent for study of social history of the treatment of and attitudes to children. I was primarily interested in the first hand accounts of 'Home' children sent to Canada. My interest arose from a request from the Royal British Legion to remember an individual WW1 Soldier who was apparently Canadian, however I researched him and found he was an orphan from Manchester, sent to Canada aged 13 in 1895. I don't know of his experiences but found that as an adult farmer obtained his own land to farm. He died at the Front saying he had no family but I found what seems to be his much younger brother sent to Canada in 1904. The brothers don't appear to have been reunited, although the accounts in this book show children writing home to UK to siblings and tracing those who were also sent to Canada. However, it seems that siblings were usually separated. There was no understanding of family bonds and the psychological effects of sending children off alone to work for subsistence farmers in many cases. These accounts of the children are both shocking but also filled me with admiration for those that survived the harsh conditions in what to them were alien farmsteads, living at subsistence level. I am impressed at the their acceptance as adults of the attitude of the charities involved, that they thought that they were doing their best for poor children already in difficult conditions. However, I was shocked that 9+ year olds were taken away from loving foster homes in England, after several years and offers of adoption, simply to make way for younger children to be fostered in their place. Some were lucky in Canada and adopted by better off families or employers who treated them as one of the family.Read more ›
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Impressed by the debth of research and the descriptive way the author has used has created an easy and informative read
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