Elizabeth Rye Home, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Elizabeth Rye Home was established by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1924 at 661 Huron Street, Toronto. The home received girls aged from 14 to 18 who had been emigrated by the Society from Britain and trained them for domestic service. The matron was Miss Prime, assisted by Miss Conquest.

The home was finally closed in January 1932, at which date its address was recorded as 28 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto. The girls in residence at the time were put in touch with the local branch of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA).

Records

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.

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.