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No Ocean too Wide By Carrie Turansky


November 7, 2019

Between the 1860s and 1930s, poor and orphaned children were sent to Canada as British Home Children. More than 118,000 were sent from England to Canada with the theory that they would receive training as farmers or house maids and have a better life. Some were successful. Some were not.

Carrie Turansky introduces us to the McAlister family. Mr. McAlister was killed in a train accident. That left Mrs. McAlister, 21-year-old Laura, 14-year-old twins Katie and Garth and 7-year-old Grace. Mrs. McAlister took a job with a seamstress but that was not enough to provide for the family. Laura took...

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