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Child Emigration from Britain to Canada (Maria Rye Homes)

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This is a sub-project of the Child Emigration - Britain to Canada.

This one is for the Maria Rye Homes children. Some of the children were actually young female domestics.

The home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario was originally a Court House and a Gaol, which was in operation from 1817-1866, when the building was sold to Maria and became her home, known as "Our Western Home". The street leading up to the Home was called Rye Street. Today, there is a plaque that marks the exact spot where the building once stood in what is now know as Rye Heritage Park. See: Maria Rye and the Orphan Immigrants on the Exploring Niagara website for more information.

Here is a link to Maria Rye's profile.

The November 8, 1869 arrival in Quebec City, Quebec is the first group of home children to arrive for the Maria Rye Home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

The November 9, 1870 arrival in Quebec City, Quebec contained 102 children with 1 of them being a boy and 40 of them being sent to Saint John, New Brunswick.

On the whole the profiles linked to this project do not have any information about the parents, what they did in Canada or exact dates of birth. What they do have is a source document showing their immigration to Canada. Because of the numbers involved the names are not listed in the body of the project - please refer to the profiles added listed (right) for links.

Some profiles may be linked to their families as someone from the family has contacted us with information.