Between 1893 and 1930, about 190 children were sent to Prince Edward Island, Canada, by the Middlemore Children's Emigration Home as British Home Children and placed as servants and labourers on farms and in homes across the Island. The average age was 10, and two-thirds of the children were boys. Little has been written about what happened to the British Home Children who were sent to Prince Edward Island until now. After searching through over 1,000 documents, author Sara Underwood has uncovered some of their stories. This project is ongoing, so if you have information about a child who you believe may have been brought to Prince Edward Island as a British Home Child, please contact us.
Sara does a fantastic job of putting one into the shoes of these children, triggering an emotional response and allowing us to imagine just how life altering this experience must have been on these children. Sara’s book will go a long way in making sure that the stories of the British Home Children secure their chapter in Canada’s collective history.– Guy Lauzon, MP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry and sponsor of Bill M-133, which established British Home Child Day
Here's a link to the interview I did with Sally Cole from The Guardian; http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/community/pei-author-sara-underwood-launches-new-book-sept-28-245499/
CBC's Angela Walker checked in with me to find out how plans were going for the launch of Awful Kind. You can read the story here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-middlemore-sara-underwood-awful-kind-book-1.4853973 there's a link to the interview there, too.
Listen in to CBC PEI's afternoon show, Mainstreet to hear my interview about the British Home Children sent to Prince Edward Island with host Angela Walker. You can find it here: http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/mainstreet-pei/segment/15521095