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On the one hand, people such as Annie Macpherson wanted only the best for poor London children, and spent their own money on these emigration schemes; on the other, their naivety was pretty unforgiveable and even when clear cases of assault, neglect, abuse and overwork were shown to them, they preferred to believe that everything would be alright and that things would just sort themselves out.A government inspector, Andrew Doyle, came out from London to try to follow up on some of the children.Many people in Britain and Canada are aware of the government enquiry and subsequent apology that was given to the British children who were shipped out to Australia and abused, exploited and neglected.While the poor treatment of many of the Canadian Home Children tended not to be on that larger, institutional scale, nevertheless, there is a growing call, spearheaded by The British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association ( for Canada similarly to recognise the suffering and to commit to a full inquiry and apology. Among the charity workers I came across was Annie Macpherson (pictured below), who ran refuges for street girls and boys, taught them the basics of a trade, and a basic education.
No 12 • Hall, works in the brandy vaults, has a grown-up son at the Docks. No 14 Cork No 15 Vavasseur & Co, silk merchants No 19 • Schenks. • Hageley No 19 Clark No 20 • Berry • Wyatt No 21 • Hardy • Bullen. No 22 is a public house, The Five Inkhorns No 23 • A corner shop • Vogel, German baker with an English wife. Wife says the [Church of England] Sisters’ store is abused by people who beg the clothes and then sell them.’ • Warner No 39 • Mears • Cook, a shop No 40 • Robinson, widow, ‘room indescribably filthy and miserable.More on that here:: petitition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is here: https:// Below is a sample of the information I took from Notebooks B/77 and B/80 in the Booth Archives at the London School of Economics.The notebooks are the combined work of Reverend Arthur Osborne Jay of Holy Trinity, Old Nichol Street, and his curate, Rupert St Leger, who did the original door-knocking and questioning, using Charles Booth’s own questionnaire.Canadian farmers needed labour to be able to continue clearing and cultivating the land; it was massively labour intensive.Hearing that there were around 30,000 homeless street children in London; plus another 60,000 children in British workhouses, they sought to have these children sent over to help out.
These and all the other notebooks (46 for the East End alone) used to compile Booth’s 17-volume can be found in the LSE Library. upholsterer, wife and five children, two with measles, wife weakly.’ • Wykes, silk winder for Vavasseur [silk merchants], widow, very ill, 2 children in the orphanage. • Seaward No 5 • Dixon, an old established shop premises. It takes himself and his wife 16 hours to do a dozen pairs, and earns about 22 shillings a week, working 16 hrs a day. Rent 3 shillings and 6d.’ No 27 • Collins • Lillie • Giles, a widow who makes stokers’ mitts. ‘Wretched home – 1 bottomless chair and a bed almost the only furniture.’ No 31 Cleeve, brushmaker, 7 children, rheumatic, works for [John] Grimwood [of nearby Church St]. Rooms filthily dirty and other lodgers complain of their dirty and noisy habits.’ • Lampey Nos 34 and 35 Sisters of the Church, and Mrs Hutton, their housekeeper.