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Home Children

Home Children

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2009

Home Children

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted June, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Perth
The City of Stratford
At 51 Avon Street, east of John Street North


Coordinates: N 43 22.350 W 80 59.508

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Plaque Text

Between 1869 and 1939, about 100,000 child immigrants, casualties of unemployment and poverty in Britain, were uprooted from their homes and families. With hopes of giving them new lives in Canada, British agencies sent children to receiving homes like this one. From there, a few of the younger children were adopted into Canadian families, but most were apprenticed as agricultural labourers or domestic servants. Often deprived of education and the comforts of family life, Home Children suffered loneliness and prejudice. Their experience reveals a poignant chapter in Canadian immigration history.

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