Outside the Gate: The True Story of a British Home Child in Canada

Outside the Gate: The True Story of a British Home Child in Canada

by Carol Newall
Outside the Gate: The True Story of a British Home Child in Canada

Outside the Gate: The True Story of a British Home Child in Canada

by Carol Newall


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Between 1869 and 1948, Britain sent more than 100,000 "home children " to Canada to work as indentured farmers and domestics. They were promised a bright future in the land of opportunity, and some managed to make a good life, but many were abused, neglected, and reviled by those who took them in. Although most still had families back home, reunification was discouraged. One of those children was Winnie Cooper. Born in Scarborough, Yorkshire in 1908, she was sent at age twelve to Barnardo’s Village Home for Girls near London. Three years later, Winnie was shipped off to a farm in rural Ontario. Nothing back in England had prepared her for working the rough land in Canada, but despite the long days, isolation, and bitterly cold winters, Winnie’s natural wit and cheery disposition helped her find love and friendship. Yet she always dreamed of returning to her mother in Yorkshire. The story, told by her granddaughter, author Carol Marie Newall, is a family saga of love and loss, pain and joy as Winnie struggled to find her place in a young inhospitable country. It’s also a revealing portrayal of a troubling chapter in Canadian and British history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781988025827
Publisher: Barlow Publishing
Publication date: 09/22/2022
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Carol Marie Newall lives in the Muskoka Lakes district north of Toronto with her husband and granddaughter. Her surprise discovery of a family secret inspired a long-term quest to learn about the British Child Migration to Canada, a little-known program that sent more than one hundred thousand home children abroad to work as indentured farmers and domestics. Carol graduated from the Toronto Metropolitan University School of Business. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Coningsby 1

T'Coppers 9

Scarborough Police Court 17

Stepney Causeway 27

Cramped Quarters 33

The Girls' Village Home 43

Behind the Wall 53

Two Long Years 59

Chasing My Roots 65

The Land of Milk and Honey 71

A Country Lass 83

Granny and Me: Part 1 91

The Gypsy Witch 101

First Winter 109

Granny and Me: Part 2 117

Winds of Change 123

Remember Scarborough 131

A Terrible Mistake 143

Love and War 151

The Tall House 163

A Dream Come True? 177

A Day in the Country: Part 1 187

Uncle Tom 195

Dougie's Dilemma 207

Little Mary 213

A Day in the Country: Part 2 221

Ten Years Married 225

The Gypsy Curse 235

Broken Hearts 247

Granny's Box 255

The City Life 261

Summer Romance 277

Family Friction 287

Wild Oats 293

Cows and Cats 305

Men and Boys 313

Granny's Grit 327

Memory Boxes 337

Epilogue 349

Cast of Characters and Family Members 350

Granny's Oatmeal Cookies 353

Notes on the British Child Migration 355

Suggested Reading 363

Acknowledgements 365

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