Speaker John Jefkins presents: British Home Children
October 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian at 161 Norfolk St, Guelph, ON N1H 4J7
The story begins when Albert Jefkins arrived in Canada as an orphan on Sept. 22, 1914 along with his brother Reginald. John Jefkins’ father and his uncle came to Canada as part of the child emigration to work as indentured servants on a farm in the Orillia area. His father and uncle, along with 100,000 children emigrated to from England (based on government policy) in the early 1900s for work. The work was underpaid and labour-intensive. The two orphan brothers’ last memory of England was of the Barnardo Home, an orphanage in which they admitted their mother died.