Benyon Home, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

The Benyon Home was opened by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1887 at 136 Bowen Street, Sherbrooke, Quebec, not far from the Society's existing Gibbs Home. The Benyon home, named after its benefactor, Mr Richard Benyon, was used as a reception and distribution home for boys in the care of the Society who were being emigrated to Canada.

The Benyon Home was closed in 1897 when the Society took over the home at Niagara-on-the-Lake previously run by Miss Maria Rye. The Gibbs Home was thereafter used as the Society's Canadian reception home for boys.

Records

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Bibliography

  • Bowder, Bill Children First: a photo-history of England's children in need (1980, Mowbray)
  • Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society [Rudolfe, Edward de Montjoie] The First Forty Years: a chronicle of the Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society 1881-1920 (1922, Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society / S.P.C.K.)
  • Rudolf, Mildred de Montjoie Everybody's Children: the story of the Church of England Children's Society 1921-1948 (1950, OUP)
  • Stroud, John Thirteen Penny Stamps: the story of the Church of England Children's Society (Waifs and Strays) from 1881 to the 1970s (1971, Hodder and Stoughton)
  • Morris, Lester The Violets Are Mine: Tales of an Unwanted Orphan (2011, Xlibris Corporation) — memoir of a boy growing up in several of the Society's homes (Princes Risborough, Ashdon, Hunstanton, Leicester) in the 1940s and 50s.