On their own - Britain's child migrants


old fashioned wooden trunk

"There is no piece of philanthropic work that accomplishes so much good at so little cost. "

These are the words of William Quarrier, founder of The Orphan Homes of Scotland, with which he described the migration of children to Canada. It cost about £15 to migrate a child, but £12 per year to look after them on the Poor Law in Britain. Quarriers alone sent over 7,000 children to Canada.

On departure from Quarriers, each child was given a wooden trunk. Inside was a selection of new winter and summer clothes, along with boots, hats, handkerchiefs, a sewing kit, a tin of pins, thread and bobbin and writing materials. It was the first time many of the children had owned new clothes, and they kept all their worldly possessions inside the trunk.

Lent by Quarriers


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