The Second Wave of Organised Protestant Child Emigration

Roy Parker

in Uprooted

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9781847420145
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304142 | DOI:
The Second Wave of Organised Protestant Child Emigration

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This chapter focuses on the second wave of organised Protestant child emigration in the 1880s, in particular the efforts of Thomas John Barnardo, Leonard Shaw, James Fegan, and the Church of England Waifs and Strays Society. Barnardo sent around 25,000 children to Canada between 1882 and 1915, many more than any other organisation. Fegan's emigration scheme differed somewhat from those of his contemporaries. He took only boys; he introduced Canadian-style farm training before they left Britain; he was unapologetic about pressing the boys to repay the cost of their passage and outfit; and he limited the area in which the boys were initially placed in order to make visiting them easier.

Keywords: poor children; Thomas John Barnardo; Leonard Shaw; James Fegan; Waifs and Strays

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