Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 in review

Well, the stats are in! My blog had a respectable 8,400 hits in 2012 and it appears that of the five most popular blog posts in 2012, four of them were about the British Home Children. It confirms my belief … Continue reading

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A Barnardo’s Christmas in Canada: Part 2

The text of this special 1901 Christmas event for ‘Barnardo boys’ is somewhat confusing as to its location. Written by Edmund Struthers, manager of Barnardo’s Russell, Manitoba Farm Home, it first appears to have been held at the Winnipeg home … Continue reading

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A Barnardo’s Christmas in Canada: Part 1

Ah, Christmas—that celebration of light and greenery in the midst of short, cold, often grey days. We take it for granted these days but even a brief perusal of the history of Christmas reveals that the shape and character of … Continue reading

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First Christmas in Canada: One Boy’s Experience

Tom Isherwood was among the last groups of boys and girls sent by the Fairbridge Juvenile Emigration Society to Canada prior to the demise of the program in 1949-50. Isherwood was sent to the Fairbridge Farm School at Cowichan Station … Continue reading

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First Christmas in Canada 1947

This poem by former Fairbridge Farm School resident Tom Isherwood describes the terrible loneliness, fear and sense of rejection many British Home Children experienced upon arriving in this country. See my next post: First Christmas in Canada: One Boy’s Experience for … Continue reading

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Dead Crow and the Spirit Engine: Prologue

Dead Crow. Jackdaw crook. Split-tongued muse. Dark rook in a bleak rain. Time has filed down my voice with a rasp. Spells, incantations, and alchemy interest me not at all, except as artifacts of what I already know. My only … Continue reading

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Dead Crow & the Spirit Engine: An Introduction

There is a medicine story that tells of Crow’s fascination with his own shadow. He kept looking at it, scratching it, pecking at it, until his shadow woke up and became alive. Then Crow’s shadow ate him. Crow is Dead … Continue reading

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