Media Release

September 23, 2019

Chatham-Kent recognizes 150th anniversary

of first British Home Children

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first British Home Children arriving in Canada, the atrium lights of the Civic Centre will feature red, white and blue colours September 28.

From 1869 through 1948, as many as 100,000 children were emigrated to Canada from the United Kingdom to be used as indentured farm workers and domestics. Although at the time most Canadians who adopted them believed the children were orphans, later research has shown approximately only two per cent of the children fit in that category.

Estimates are that nearly 400 children were been placed in Chatham-Kent. Research is ongoing and that number is expected to increase.

More than 100 Canadian cities, landmarks and institutions are marking the day as part of the Beacons of Light tribute including the CN Tower and Niagara Falls.

According to the British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association, descendants of the BHC, referred to as Canada’s Nation Builders, now number in the millions.


 For more local information on BHC contact:

Dawn Heuston

 Media Contact:

Jim Blake
ommunications Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3624




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