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Social Science Children's Studies


The Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917

by (author) Roy Parker

Policy Press, UBC Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2008
Children's Studies, Great Britain, Adoption & Fostering, Pre-Confederation (to 1867), Post-Confederation (1867-)
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    Feb 2008
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Some 80,000 British children - many of them under the age of ten - were shipped from Britain to Canada by Poor Law authorities and voluntary bodies during the 50 years following Confederation in 1867. How did this come about? What were the motives and methods of the people involved in both countries? Why did it come to an end? What effects did it have on the children involved and what eventually became of them? These are the questions Roy Parker explores in a meticulously researched work that brings together economic, political, social, medical, legal, administrative and religious aspects of the story in Britain and Canada.


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Contributor Notes

Roy Parker is Professor Emeritus of Social Policy at the University of Bristol. Formerly he taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research and writing reflect a longstanding interest in the politics of social policy and in the condition and needs of disadvantaged children.