You are welcome Bill. I am glad my tidbit added to understanding of the
]On Behalf Of william campbell
Sent: August 31, 2003 10:25 PM
; Xenia Stanford
Subject: Re: British Home Children
You've done it again!
I want to compliment you on such a well-considered and poignantly presented
review of the significance of the home
children saga/tragedy. I have copied it to discuss with our family.
Xenia Stanford wrote:
> I felt the point the show made was even if some/many had good homes and
> on to lead successful lives, the denial of records and connection to their
> families at home left a homesickness that never went away. Can you imagine
> your child being removed without your permission or knowledge from your
> and shipped off to a foreign country never to be heard from again? Or of
> being that child not knowing who your family was or why you were sent
> It is the denial of a natural need to be connected with family and the
> ability to search for your roots that was so difficult for these home
> children. Children were removed without their parents consent or even
> knowledge. The show stated they were basically kidnapped and the
> of Britain and Canada turned a blind eye. Not only that, but the British
> government passed a law that made it legal to remove children without
> parental permission from their homes and families to be shipped overseas.
> Thus it became legalized kidnapping and a horrible denial of basic human
> rights even though most involved stated they were solving rather than
> creating problems. One of the interviewees said Bernardo truly thought he
> was fulfilling his Christian mission and that his actions were in the
> families' and childrens' best interests to do so.
> I was about to relate my own personal experience and why I have such
> for the home children but I know the messages are available publicly on
> Internet. So just suffice it to say I was separated from my parents and
> of my siblings when I was aged 5. This left wounds that perhaps have never
> healed though I have made peace with it and understand that the only
> it hurts when you hold a grudge is you.
> I am not trying to discourage you from reading "The Little Immigrants" or
> Perry Snow's book just because the subject matter is painful. I believe it
> is as important a part of our history as the deportation of the Acadians,
> the lost of rights suffered by the Japanese and Ukrainian families during
> the war years, and the treatment of natives and Metis while our country
> being settled.
> All these are part of our history and another old saw I believe in is
> doesn't kill you makes you stronger". The positive in these stories for me
> is that the suffering of our immigrant ancestors has made Canada what it
> today and we are a strong bunch!
> There are so many stories like this even on a smaller scale and I am sure
> that many of us can relay tales of how our immigrant ancestors faced and
> overcame hardships so their children and other descendants could have a
> better life. My grandmother left her two month old daughter behind with
> mother when she came to Canada with her husband and my father because they
> were led to believe they would become rich in three years and return home
> never to have to worry about making a living again. My grandmother was 24
> then and she died at age 83 never having seen her parents, siblings or
> relatives again. She was always homesick for what she called "the old
> country" and her family.
> She did see her baby daughter again but not until this daughter was in her
> forties and came to Canada. This aunt told me she was well-cared for by
> grandmother but that she never overcame the losing her parents as a child.
> She thought there was something wrong with her that her own mother
> Well guess I did share a bit more than I had intended and I will
> nevertheless send this because to me the search for my roots is more than
> just finding the "hatched, matched and dispatched" records of my
> Learning the human emotional side of the past, I realize and appreciate
> my immigrant ancestors gave up in order that they could have more than "a
> teaspoon of land" as my grandaunt wrote in her diary.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-dist-gen@...
> [mailto:owner-dist-gen@...]On Behalf Of Donna Coulter
> Sent: August 30, 2003 9:39 AM
> To: dist-gen@...; Rene Dussome
> Subject: Re: British Home Children
> Yes Rene-- It is nice to be reminded that there were some
> success or happy stories that could / can be told about the
> Children. I wish that I had asked more questions about the
> Home Boy's that were with my great grandparents. There were
> never any horror stories about them,-- both fought in the
> WW -- I should check the WW records.
> One stayed in England and the other found work in Ontario
> after the war. I haven't had any success finding any
> descendants but I haven't really tried.
> There was some discrimination, as we would call it now, but
> was only that they ate at a different table. That I believe
> was the
> norm for the 'help' in that day and age--. Or maybe the
> table was too
> They also got an education, as much as anyone else in the
> I was able to correspond with the Barnard Home and was given
> an insight from that angle. No doubt they would avoid
> telling it all,
> but it was enlightening.
> I must read "Little Immigrants" I might feel better about it
> Thanks for bringing it to my attention Xenia, I had avoided
> it because
> I was afraid it would be too depressing. There seems to be
> so much
> negative thought about everything. There must have been many
> Christian homes that took the children in out of the
> goodness of their heart.
> Too often bitter memories last longer than happy ones for
> some people.
> >From the heart
> Donna Coulter
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rene Dussome" <rdussome@...>
> To: "dist-gen" <dist-gen@...>
> Sent: 29 August, 2003 11:04 PM
> Subject: British Home Children
> > Greetings:
> > Unfortunately, I did not read Mary Arthur's e-mail in time
> to watch the
> > program this evening. Nor did I pick up the item from the
> TV Guide.
> > Having read about the Home Children scheme extensively in
> the past, I am
> > fully aware of the many sad experiences suffered by the
> Home Children.
> > However, I would remind AFHS members that our own dearly
> loved member,
> > the late Ruth Duncan, shared a success story with us, that
> of her mother
> > and her mother's twin sister - Margaret and Harriet
> Sutton. (See AFHS
> > Journal Winter 94/95 volume 15 number 2.)
> > Rene Dussome
> > http://www.afhs.ab.ca
William A. Campbell
Calgary, Alberta, Canada