Dakeyne Boys' Farm


Captain Oliver Watts Hind was one of the founders of the Dakeyne Boys' Brigade in Nottingham, England. He began sending some of the older boys to the western provinces in Canada for employment on farms.

In 1913, he purchased property in Falmouth, Nova Scotia, and started his own training farm. Boys would train on the farm for up to a year before being sent out to work on farms in the Maritimes.

According to a British Hansard report in 1927, about 130 boys had been sent to the Farm since 1913. Some boys came as late as 1929.

Starting in 1926, the farm was rented to the provincial government for five years. See also the Farm Training Schemes page in this guide.

Research at Library and Archives Canada

Immigration Branch: Central Registry Files (RG76 B1a)

This series contains correspondence between the Immigration Branch and many of the sending organizations. The files contain a variety of documents relating to the activities of the organizations, often including annual reports, lists of children’s names and medical certificates. The documents within each file are arranged by date. Microfilm reels can be viewed on site.

Most of the microfilm reels in this series are digitized on the free website Héritage. Enter the reel number in the search box, e.g. C-4715. If the reel is digitized, click on the reel title to see the images. The page contents are not searchable, but you can skip ahead through the images to find the volume and file of interest, then browse through the pages in that file.

File title: Captain Oliver W. Hind, Dakeyne Farm, Falmouth, Nova Scotia (Dakeyne Street Boys Brigade, Nottingham, England), 1913-1927
RG76, volume 615, file 911684, microfilm C-10435

Juvenile Inspection Reports (RG76 C4c)

Immigration officials created inspection reports as they carried out regular inspections of children brought to Canada by various organizations. These records date from 1920 to 1932; however, there are a few from 1911 to 1917 and after 1932. There is usually one page per child, showing name, age or date of birth, year of arrival, ship, sending organization, the names and addresses of employers and final comments, e.g. "completed, gone west".

The inspection reports are available on the following microfilm reels, which can be viewed on site. They are also digitized on Héritage, as explained in the section above. Note that the original records have not survived and the quality of the microfilm is poor. The records are arranged in alphabetical order, not by organization.

Microfilm Reel Number First Name on Reel Last Name on Reel
​T-15420 ​A ​CARDNO, Leslie
​T-15421 ​CARDWELL, Andrew ​EVANS, Arthur E.
​T-15422 ​EVANS, Arthur L. ​HENDERSON, Ann F.
​T-15423 ​HENDERSON, Charles H. ​LOCK, Annie
​T-15424 ​LOCK, Herbert ​O'BRIEN, Samuel
​T-15425 ​O'BRIEN, Thomas ​SHAW, Victor
​T-15426 ​SHAW, Walter A. ​WEALE, Walter
​T-15427 ​WEALLS, Eric ​ZYCZYNSKI, Leon

Research in Other Institutions

The Dakeyne Farm is now a private family farm.  The owners hold a collection of ledgers, letters, photographs and books from the old training farm. For more information, please visit the Dakeyne Farm website.

No records have been located in England.

Research Online

Published Sources

  • The golden bridge: young immigrants to Canada, 1833-1939 by Marjorie Kohli, pages 199-201. (AMICUS 28334219)
  • The Dako Boys
    This article is about the memorial in Nottingham in memory of former Boys’ Brigade boys who died in the First World War.

Other Resources

See our Home Children 1869-1932 page for links to other research sources, websites and institutions in Canada and the United Kingdom.

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