Macpherson Home, Stratford, Ontario, Canada
The distributing home in Stratford was one of several in Ontario set up by Miss Annie Macpherson for the initial accommodation of emigrant children from Britain. The children brought over by Miss Macpherson came both from her own Home of Industry in East London, and also from other agencies for homeless children such as Barnardo's.
In 1877, Miss Macpherson had decided to concentrate her activities at the farm home in Galt which she had opened in 1871. The running of the Galt home was then taken over by her brother-in-law and sister, Joseph and Rachel Merry. In 1882, Miss Macpherson decided to closed the Galt home and relocate its operation to a new site at 51 Avon Street, Stratford, Ontario. At that time, the property and its many acres of land, lay at the edge of Stratford. The new establishment was again superintended by the Merrys.
After Rachel's death in 1892, her son William took over the running of the Stratford home. It continued in operation until the First World War brought emigration to a halt. In 1915, Miss Macpherson's homes were combined with those of the Liverpool Sheltering Home and Stratford was briefly used by both organisations.
The Stratford home finally closed in 1920. The property still stands, now in residential use.
Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.
- Records for the homes run by Annie Macpherson were inherited by Barnardo's (see below). These include:
- Home of Industry, Spitalfields: History books, register and emigrant register (1870-1924)
- Annie Macpherson Home, Stratford, Ontario: Register and history books of children sent to Canada (1871-1915)
- Marchmont Homes, Canada: History books and lists (1870-1914)
- Barnardo's Family History Service deals with enquiries regarding records of individual children — various services are available costing from £25 upwards.
Making Connections — a service for those wishing to access their Barnardo's adoption records.
- Barnardo's historical administrative records are now deposited with Liverpool University's Social Welfare Archives with stringent restrictions on their access.
- Lowe, Clara M.S God's Answers: A Record of Miss Annie Macpherson's Work at the Home of Industry, Spitalfields, London, and in Canada (1882, James Nisbet)
- Bagnell, Kenneth The Little Immigrants: The Orphans Who Came to Canada (2001, Dundurn)
- Birt, Lilian M The Children's Home-Finder: the story of Annie Macpherson and Louisa Birt (1913, J. Nisbet)
- Corbett, Gail H Nation Builders: Barnardo Children in Canada (2002, Dundurn)
- Kershaw, Roger and Sacks, Janet New Lives for Old: The Story of Britain's child migrants: The Story of Britain's Home Children (2008, The National Archives)
- Kohli, Marjorie The Golden Bridge: Young Immigrants to Canada 1833-1939 (2003, Natural Heritage Books)
- McEvoy, Frederick J 'These Treasures of the Church of God': Catholic Child Immigration to Canada (in CCHA, Historical Studies, 65 (1999), 50-70)
- Parker, Roy Uprooted: The Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917 (2010, Policy Press)
- Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
- Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
- Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
- Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
- Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)
- The Barnardo's website.
- British Home Children in Canada.
- National Library and Archives Canada especial the Home Children section.
- Young Immigrants to Canada.
- British Home Child Group International - has database of over 23,000 Canadian British Home Children
- British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) - has several indexes of the names of children brought to Canada by various organizations in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
- National Archives of Australia — Immigration Records.
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