10 April 2020

New BIFHSGO Home Child Database: Father Hudson's Photos

This new collection consists of 146 photos of children with their guardians, the Sisters of Charity of St Paul and photos of former residents as adults, some in military uniform. All are related to the Father Hudson initiative which established a home at 1153 Wellington Street in Ottawa for Catholic boys (and later also girls) brought from Britain.

The photo collection was donated to Home Children specialist John Sayers who obtained permission to have it published on the BIFHSGO website.
The original photos were monochrome but as part of the website project, they were colourized using the MyHeritage Colorization process.

238 people in the photos are identified, including 15 with Father Hudson.
BIFHSGO is pleased to present the photos and various indexes of the names linked to images in the Research and Projects section of its website in the Home Children menu.

There's an index of 15 who saw military service, two of whom gave their lives. The image is of Bernard Newton, originally from Wolverhampton, killed in action on 8 August 1918. His attestation paper includes one of the most unusual occupations I've seen.

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