Ontario East British Home Child Family, in partnership with Upper Canada Village, is pleased to announce that the Aultsville Train Station will house a British Home Child exhibit on weekends from August 31st 2013 until September 28, 2013.
Between the 1860’s and the 1930’s, over 100,000 impoverished children from the British Isles were sent to Canada to work as indentured servants in the homes and farms of this country. These children, ranging in age from infancy to 16 years, were removed from their homes by philanthropic organizations and sent to Canada in hopes of securing a better future for them.
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, which seeks to preserve and promote the story of the British Home Child, approached Upper Canada Village to seek permission to house a collection of memorabilia and information on British Home Children in Canada at the Aultsville Station.
The Aultsville Station will be open from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from August 31st until September 28, 2013.
The exhibit will be composed of various artifacts and information that have been collected by British Home Child Descendants and interested members of the public.
On site there will be a member of the OEBHCF available to provide information and answer questions as required.