Immigrant children from Dr. Barnardo's Homes at Landing Stage, Saint John, N.B.
Photograph and information from the National Archives of Canada
Between 1869 and the early 1930s, over 100,000 children were sent to Canada from Great Britain during the child emigration movement. Pauper children were thought to have a better chance for a healthy, moral life in rural Canada, where families welcomed them as a source of cheap farm labour and domestic help.
Members of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa are locating and indexing the names of these Home Children found in their passenger lists, amoungst these lists the names Alice Arthey and Fred Arthy can be found.
Fred Arthy aged 11, departed Liverpool on the 31st of May 1889 on the SS Parisian, he arrived in Quebec on the 10th of June 1889. His destination was Kingston ' 62 children from Catholic Children Protective Society' for Kingston via GTR, Mrs. Lacy.
Alice Arthey aged 11, departed Liverpool on the 18th of September 1873 on the SS Polynesian, she arrived in Quebec on the 29th of September 1873. ' Believed to be a party of Maria Rye's children to Niagara-on-the Lake'.
The SS Parisian
Photograph from The Ships List.
Research by Mark Earthy, October 2000.