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Thomas John Barnardo

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Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Death: Died in Surbiton, Greater London, UK
Cause of death: angina pectoris
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Son of John Michaelis Barnardo
Husband of <private> Barnardo (Elmslie)
Father of William Stuart Elmslie Barnardo; Herbert Frederick E Barnardo; Kenward Arthur E Barnardo; <private> Wellcome (Barnardo); Cyril Gordon Barnardo and 1 other
Half brother of Dr Frederick Adolphus Ernest Barnardo

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About Dr Thomas Barnardo

Thomas John Barnardo (4 July 1845 – 19 September 1905) was a philanthropist and founder and director of homes for poor children, born in Dublin. From the foundation of the first Barnardo's home in 1870 to the date of Barnardo’s death, nearly 100,000 children had been rescued, trained and given a better life.

He was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1845, the fourth of five children of John Michaelis Barnardo, a furrier, and his second wife, Abigail, who was an Englishwoman and member of the Plymouth Brethren. In the early 1840s, John emigrated from Hamburg to Dublin, where he established a business; he married twice and fathered seventeen children. The Barnardo origins are uncertain; the family "traced its origin to Venice, followed by conversion to the Lutheran Church in the sixteenth century," but others have claimed German Jewish roots for them.

In June 1873, Barnardo married Sara Louise Elmslie (1842–1944), known as Syrie, the daughter of an underwriter for Lloyd's of London. Syrie shared her husband's interests in evangelism and social work. The couple settled at Mossford Lodge, Essex, where they had seven children, three of whom died in early childhood. Another child, Marjorie, appears to have had some form of intellectual disability, though details are sketchy.[8] Another daughter, Gwendolyn Maud Syrie (1879–1955), known as Syrie like her mother, was married to wealthy businessman Henry Wellcome, and later to the writer Somerset Maugham, and became a socially prominent London interior designer in the 1920s and 1930s.

Barnardo died of angina pectoris in London on 19 September 1905, and was buried in front of Cairns House, Barkingside, east London. The house is now the head office of the children's charity he founded, Barnardo's. After Barnardo's death, a national memorial was instituted to form a fund of £250,000 to relieve the various institutions of all financial liability and to place the entire work on a permanent basis. William Baker, formerly the chairman of the council, was selected to succeed the founder of the homes as Honorary Director. Barnardo was the author of many books dealing with the charitable work to which he devoted his life.

From the foundation of the homes in 1867 to the date of Barnardo's death, nearly 60,000 children had been rescued, trained and placed out in life. At the time of his death, his charity was caring for over 8,500 children in 96 homes.

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Dr Thomas Barnardo's Timeline

1845
July 4, 1845
Dublin, Ireland
1873
June 19, 1873
Age 27
London, Greater London, UK
1874
1874
Age 28
Ilford, Essex, UK
1876
1876
Age 30
Middlesex, UK
1878
1878
Age 32
Middlesex, UK
1887
March 1887
Age 41
London, Greater London, UK
1894
December 1894
Age 49
Essex, UK
1905
September 19, 1905
Age 60
Surbiton, Greater London, UK