Children's Aid Society Reception Home, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Like many such organisations, the London-based Children's Aid Society promoted and arranged the emigration of orphaned and other children from Britain to Canada. By 1890, the Society had its own Reciving Home at Winnipeg as noted in a report of thate year:

A party of twenty lads ranging from fourteen to sixteen years of age, trained in the homes in different parts of the country in connection with the Children's Aid Society, left Liverpool for Quebec, per Allan Line Steamer Sardinian, on April 17, en route for Winnipeg, Manitoba. They were accompanied by the Rev. W. W. Barber, and will be received by the Rev. H. J. Leslie, the resident agent of the Children's Aid Society, who will shelter them in the Society's Receiving Depot, Shaftesbury Home, Winnipeg, until situations are found for them. He will also look after the lads for at least three years after their arrival.

In 1911, the Society's Canadian headquarters were given as St Peter's Rectory, Winnipeg, with the Rev. Samuel Fea acting as its agent. Following a visit that year, a Canadian government inspector reported:

On June 3 I visited the Canadian headquarters of this society, and subsequently the Receiving and Distributing Home. The building, a small frame house, was undergoing a general renovation, and when fully equipped will afford comfortable quarters for their wards during their stay in Winnipeg, and answer the requirements of a Receiving Homie. Mr. Fea informed me that he had no diffculty in placing the boys in advantageous situations this spring, as he had a large list of applications from which to select. This society has for years annually sent a limited number of juveniles to western Canada for farm work. At the present time Mr. Fea has 80 boys under supervision. They are placed out under indentures which provide for a wage which is determined according to age and capability.

Children's Aid Society Reception Home, Winnipeg, c.1915. © Peter Higginbotham

Records

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  • The records of the Children's Aid Society were inherited by Barnardo's. Barnardo's Family History Service deals with enquiries regarding records of individual children — various services are available costing from £15 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.

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