Home Children in Father James Nugent's Party of Home Children Ireland to Canada 1881
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Father James Nugent's Party of Home Children Ireland to Canada 1881

In excess of 130,000 children were sent from United Kingdom to Canada & Australia from 1860 to 1930 There were more placement organizations than just Barnardos Home, although it relocated the most children.

The Archives of Ontario has created a searchable online database for Home Children. Members of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa are locating and indexing the names of these Home Children found in passenger lists in the custody of the National Archives of Canada

Father James Nugent was born in 1822. In 1849 he opened a Ragged School at Copperas Hill to take homeless children off the streets. Father Nugent established a night shelter and refuge giving homeless boys food and lodging but in 1867 there were so many boys needing his help that he decided to set up a residential school The Boys Refuge was opened in 1869. There impoverished boys learned shoe making, tailoring, joinery and printing. Father Nugent also participated in the child emigration to Canada from 1870 to 1930. In 1880 he took over 300 people from Galway Ireland to St Paulís, Minnesota, USA. He also took his first group of 35 Irish children to Canada on 18 August 1870 on the SS Austrian from Londonderry to Quebec. On 30 June 1881 Father Nugent sent more children to Quebec on the SS Sarmatian

SS Austrian from Liverpool via Londonderry left Liverpool 19 Aug 1870 arrived Quebec 28 Aug 1870

Comments: Sailed via Londonderry. A party of children under the heading `Nugent'. Source: Microfilm reel C-4526

List of Home Children on the SS Austrian in Father Nugent's Party

  • ALEXANDER James 13
  • BRIEE Mary 11
  • BRYCE Ellen 8
  • BURKE William 16
  • CHURCH Stephen 17
  • CLEMENT Edward 14
  • COLERAINE Daniel 13
  • DALEY Catherine 8
  • CUNNINGHAM Mary 12
  • DIXON E. 21
  • DONELLY Michael 14
  • DONELLY Thomas 14
  • FERGUSSON Thomas 14
  • HALEY Annie 12
  • HORAN Ellen 11
  • HUGHES James 14
  • HUGHES Richard 11
  • HUSSEY Bridget 19
  • JACKSON John 13
  • JORDAN Joseph 19
  • KENNY Catherine 12
  • LEWIS Clara 20
  • LYNCH Catherine 17
  • MARN Thomas 13
  • McBRIDE Jane 17
  • McDONALD Ellen 11
  • McGRATH Margaret 10
  • MURPHY Ann 10
  • PARRY Thomas 13
  • QUIGLEY Susan 10
  • QUINN Ellen 19 .
  • ROACH William 13
  • SHERIDAN Winifred 13
  • WELSH Jane 10
  • WELSH Mary 14

More details can be found in the complete census records for this Orphan Asylum. Use the Ancestry (requires a subscription or a Free Trial) to find more about your ancestor or order microfilm from your local Family History Centre.

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