Report of inspection of Home children

Reference Code: Series - RG 11-7
Title: Report of inspection of Home children
Date of Creation: 1875, 1886
Physical Description:

1 volume of textual records

Scope and Content:

Series consists of an inspection report of Home Children who had been sent to Ontario in the several years preceding 1875 and 1886, when the inspections were carried out. The report is in the form of a register which includes the following headings: name; age; where [the child was] born [city / town or in some cases country are given]; if [the child has] been in [a] workhouse and where [city]; when [s/he] came to Canada [year]; with Miss Rye or Miss MacPherson; religion; name and post office address of guardian or employer; wages per month; nature of employment; remarks on conduct; etc.

Children are listed as having been sent out to placements in the following communities in Ontario: Newcastle, Bradford, Mount Forest, Guelph, Chatham, and London. While most of the children listed in the report are English, names of a few Irish and Scottish children also appear. These inspections were performed under pressure from British authorities and humanitarians who were concerned about abusive living conditions.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch:

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Ontario. Dept. of Immigration

Finding Aid:

No list is available for this series.

Structure of Collection:

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Restrictions on Access:

Original records closed for conservation. Researchers must use microfilm.

How to order these records:

Reading Rooms: To view this material, consult self service microfilm reel MS 6917.

By Microfilm Interloan: These records are available through the Archives of Ontario's Microfilm Interloan Service, which allows you to borrow microfilmed archival records through a library or other institution that participates in the interlibrary loan system.
Terms For Use and Reproduction:

Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. There are no restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Records were acquired by the Archives of Ontario from the Butler Library, Columbia University, in December, 2000.
Availability of Other Formats:

Series is available on microfilm.

Related Material:

See Volume RG 11-5-0-4 Copybook of receipted accounts. Loose documents found in this volume and filmed after the volume include a four-page children's inspection report.

See RG 11-2-0-1 Kingston Emigrant Agent's Letterbook for a short list of Home Children.

Volumes RG 11-4-0-3, RG 11-4-0-4 and RG 11-4-0-5 of the Toronto Emigrant Office arrival and destination registers contain entries referring to Home Children.

Associated Material:

Library and Archives Canada also has juvenile immigration records, including inspection reports. See RG 76, Series R1206-158-4-E (formerly Series RG 76-C-4). Some reels of microfilm from Library and Archives Canada RG 76 are available at the Archives of Ontario.


After Confederation (1867), responsibility for immigration was shared by the provincial and federal governments. Inspections of these children were carried out by federal ("Dominion") immigration agents and the records probably were transferred to provincial authorities at a later date.

Other/Former Codes:

Volume RG 11-7 was formerly Toronto Emigration Office Records, X325 T63, volume 22


Agency or agencies that created these records

1875-1886 Department of Immigration (BA172)