British Home Child Exhibit and Information

Ontario East British Home Child Family (OEBHCF), in partnership with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, is pleased to announce that the Aultsville Train Station near Upper Canada Village will house a British Home Child exhibit on this June (dates to be confirmed).  Volunteers from the OEBHCF will be at the train station to answer questions and provide information about this little known part of Canadian heritage and the role that British Home Children played in the history of the area, the province and Canada.  Artifacts and documents about British Home Children will be on display.

Between the 1860’s and the 1930’s, over 120,000 impoverished children from the British Isles were sent to Canada to work as indentured domestics in the homes and labourers on the farms of this country.  These children, ranging in age from infancy to 16 years, were sent to Canada by philanthropic organizations in hopes of securing a better future for them than would be possible at that time in Great Britain.

After travelling to Canada by ship and spending time at one of the many receiving homes located in this country, the British Home Child would often travel to their new “home” via train.  There is little doubt that many of these littlest of immigrants would have been found waiting in or near a building such as the Aultsville Train Station for pick up by their new “family”.

It is for this reason that the Ontario East British Home Child Family, has partnered with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission and Upper Canada Village to house a collection of memorabilia and information on British Home Children in Canada at the Aultsville Train Station.


The OEBHCF are interested in any information relating to British Home Children and would welcome any opportunity to hear the stories or view the artifacts.  Please contact Judy Neville at


For further information on the OEBHCF, the exhibit at the Aultsville Station, or plans for the 4th Anniversary Commemoration of Ontario’s British Home Child Day being planned in Athens, Ontario, please contact Carol Goddard by email at: or visit the Ontario East British Home Child Family Facebook page.


June 2015 - dates and times to be confirmed