Hello: Searching family origins. My maternal grandfather was John Ernest Flower listed as being from Bedlinog. I know that he and three sisters were sent to Canada as part of Barnardo's Home Children effort. I have his birth date as Dec 1900 and he was sent out with one of his sisters in Mar. 1912 Can anyone help? Thank you
I think the Child Migration scheme might be able to help you. It wasn't just Canada they sent children to, but Australia, South Africa as well. Just type Child Migration Scheme into Google, and there are lots of links. Australia was the most common. Many children in some of the countries were not treated very well, I hope this was not the case with your grandfather and his sisters. Some were sent to live on farms and were treated like slaves.
Hope you can find out more. Sincerely, Rachel Bowen
Thank you Rachel for the tip on the Child Migration Scheme. I don't know about the life of his sisters but he returned from the First World War and married his sweetheart - Rose Miller and thusly she became Rose Flower and they had 4 girls including my mother.
My Grandfather's brother was sent out to Canada at 14 in June 1922 and returned to Dowlais 5 years later. It was set up by The Llwydcoed Cottage Homes (run by The Work House) via The Liverpool Sheltering Home. They were received at the Marchmont Home in Belleville, Ontario. From my research The Liverpool Home & Marchmont were run by two sisters. Gilbert was treated like a slave on a remote farm in Canada. He didn't enter the main house & him and his young friend lived in an outbuilding, washed in a water trough and worked from dawn until dusk. Don't know if related, but in my Gt Grandfather's marriage record in Pontypridd in 1877 (He was from Merthyr Tydfil) 4 people were listed including Eliza Flowers and William Franklin. Eliza & William could've been getting married or they were witnesses?