Labouring Children: British Immigrant Apprentices to Canada, 1869-1924
|Between 1868 and 1924, eighty thousand British children, most of
them under fourteen, came to Canada to be apprenticed as agricultural labourers
and domestic servants. All were unaccompanied by parents, although only
one-third of them were orphans. Faced with separation from their families,
having to undertake hard labour at an early age, and being treated as employees
rather than adoptees, much of their childhood was lost. Their story is told in
Labouring Children. This well-researched account is a significant
resource for students of the history of childhood, immigration, and social
Written by Joy Parr. Published by University of Toronto Press, 1994.
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