From Dover in England to Fauquier in BC – Addendum

Note that the usual Klopp family post for Thursdays has been omitted and will resume next week with a new series on Anna Rosa Klopp.

Richard (Dick) Horace Andrew Hall

by Guest Contributor Paul Loseby

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Thank you so much everyone, for all of your help. It is really appreciated. Actually since Peter put my message on the Guest page, I have been doing some more research and whilst I don’t think it was as bad for Dick, it was an absolutely horrendous time for many. These were the Home Children and it seems that 11% of Canadians are descendants of these children.

Photo Credit: reginalibrary.ca
Photo Credit: reginalibrary.ca

I came across an absolutely riveting video on YouTube yesterday and we watched it last night. This is the link:

It seems that children as young as 6 were taken from their parents; frequently without their parents’ knowledge or consent, and shipped over to work as domestics or farm workers in Canada. The authorities would only let them know by sending a card after they were in their new country.

Photo Credit: web.ncf.ca
Photo Credit: web.ncf.ca

Between 1869 and 1939, over 100,000 children were taken from their homes and sent to Canada. More than that were sent to Australia and the British government didn’t stop doing that until the 1970’s. The children were considered waifs, orphans and strays. Many had parents who could no longer afford to feed them or take care of them.

SS Sarnia 1892 - Photo Credit: bytown.net
SS Sarnia 1892 – Photo Credit: bytown.net

Usually when the children reached Canada, they had a train ride of several days and eventually most were sent to help farm families with all of the work – even those as young as 6. Some children were accepted into the family and treated well, but many were treated very badly and some were treated like slaves.

Home Children - Photo Credit: humanrights.ca
Home Children – Photo Credit: humanrights.ca

If you watch the 46 minute video, you at times have tears in your eyes – at the young lad whose home was a small wooden garden shed that he shared with the dog. He only got food if the dog left some. He was beaten daily as many were – often just because they were Home Children.

We think now that Dick Hall was one of the lucky ones. He stayed at William Hewlett’s farm in Stouffville for three years and then returned to the UK to spend Christmas with his parents. He then traveled back to Canada.

These children were given food and accommodation and a small amount of pay – but this money was not paid until they had finished their term on the farm or other place of work, when they were 18. So, it was just food, accommodation, hard work, possibly many beatings and they lost their childhood. You will see if you watch the film that when the children grew up, they had no emotions to show love to their own children.

Home Children Stamp - Photo Credit: canadapost.ca
Home Children Stamp – Photo Credit: canadapost.ca

I really am grateful to all of you for the help that you have been giving me – particularly Peter. I have discovered things that I would never have known but some of those things, (not to do with Peter as he obviously moved to a Country and town where most would love to be including me) have shown us a great deal of sadness too.

I only found this YouTube video yesterday and it is a part of British and Canadian history. If you get a chance, it really is a ‘Must Watch’. The link again is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-aDoWnK2Ic&feature=youtu.be

Kindest regards

Paul

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7 Comments Leave a comment

  1. I was fascinated by your original post and I appreciate this update. I hadn’t heard anything about this little-known part of history until you mentioned it. How sad for those many poor kids who traveled all that way just to be treated like animals. I know some did okay from the scheme, but it sounds as though many did not.

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  2. Eine unglaubliche Geschichte. Meine Kinder sind gerade (fast) 16 und 3 1/2 – ich könnte mich nicht vorstellen, sie einfach nach Amerika/Kanada oder sonstwohin zu schicken……Den Film werde ich mir in einer ruhigen Minute ansehen. Liebe Grüße aus Wien

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    • Ja, ich war auch ganz geschockt über das Schicksal dieser Kinder. Es ist gewiss kein Ruhmesblatt in der englischen und kanadischen Geschichte. Der Dokumentarfilm ist auch sehenswert. Vielen Dank für den mitfühlenden Kommentar!

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