- This report was published in 1915 by the Barnardo's charity. Dr Barnardo
was a doctor from a wealthy family. He planned to become a missionary
doctor like David Livingstone. However, in the 1860s he stumbled across
some street children in Liverpool and spent the rest of his life working
with unfortunate children in Britain.
- He set up a series of homes that cared for children in need. They
were strict, but generally caring. They trained boys and girls and helped
them to live normal lives.
- Many Barnardo's children were sent to live in Canada.
- This document was effectively a brochure advertising the work of the
charity. In the very back of it was a form encouraging people to give
- Not surprisingly, it gives a positive view of the charity's work.
A big part of this is to show how children have become loyal citizens
of the empire. For example, Jack was in a steady trade and was also
a member of the QOR (Queen's Own Rifles) Regiment in Canada. In 1915
Jack was probably fighting in the trenches against the Germans.
- The source also shows a view towards the empire. The charity sees
it as a great achievement that these children were empire builders rather
than being nobody’s children.
- The charity was not without its critics. For example, many children
of unmarried mothers were simply taken away from their mothers and sent
to Canada. As with source 5 in this case study, the charity believed
it was doing the right thing, but did it have the right to send children
away from their families?