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Discovering Emigrant Children - Being Human Festival 2019

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Central Library

William Brown Street

Liverpool

L3 8EW

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Part of the Being Human Festival 2019

90,000 orphaned, criminal and ‘friendless’ British children emigrated to Canada between the 1860s and 1920s, as part of a wider scheme to deal with ‘problem’ or destitute children. Liverpool faced particularly acute problems as the influx of Irish migrants put extreme pressures on the city and so the problem of destitute children fell on the local Catholic Church. The policy of child emigration was innovated by Liverpool’s Father James Nugent, who claimed there were as many as 23,000 impoverished Catholic children living on the streets dock area of Liverpool in the 1860s. Listen to important new research on child emigration from Dr Charlotte Wildman and Dr Eloise Moss from the University of Manchester to find out more about the process and experience of emigration and learn how to locate and research ancestors sent from Liverpool to Canada as children. The event is composed of a lecture followed by a workshop on tracing relatives who emigrated through these schemes.

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