Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

3/9/2007

Orphans, cheap labour and a brave new world

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THE OLDEST of them was 18, the youngest six, and they watched their homeland recede in their wake as the Hibernian steamed down the Firth of Clyde, en route for Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was 19 March 1891, and the 129 boys on board were orphans, from Quarriers homes – established in Renfrewshire less than 20 years before – making the 2,650-mile Atlantic crossing to Canada in the hope of a better life than they might otherwise find in Scotland. for more click here

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