The East End Emigration Society was founded in London in 1882 by Rev. John Fenwick Kitto (Church of England). It was also known as the East End Emigration Fund. The Society sent indigent families, as well as older boys and girls, to Canada and assisted with settlement and employment.
The East End Emigration Society amalgamated with the Self-Help Emigration Society, and in 1913, it was renamed the British Dominions Emigration Society. During the 1920s, the emigration work of the society was subsidized by the British government through the provisions of the Empire Settlement Act.
The Society sent immigrants to the Andrews Home in Montreal, which also worked with other societies and was later associated with the White Star Line. The Toronto office closed in 1932. The Society also sent emigrants to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Research at Library and Archives Canada
Department of Agriculture: General Correspondence (RG17)
Before 1892, immigration was under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture. There are files relating to various sending agencies, including the East End Emigration Society. Those records have been indexed by name in our Home Children Records database.
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: East End Emigration Society, London
RG 76, volume 80, file 6775, part 1, 1892-1901, microfilm C-4746
RG 76, volume 80, file 6775, parts 1 and 2, 1902-1910, microfilm C-4747
File title: British Dominions Emigration Society (contains mostly correspondence and annual reports)
RG 76, volume 219, file 98091, part 1, 1923 to 1930, microfilm C-7369
RG 76, volumes 219 and 220, file 98091, parts 2 to 5, 1929 to 1951, microfilm C-7370
British Dominions Emigration Society fonds (MG28 I360)
This fonds consists of annual reports of the East End Emigration Fund for the years 1901-1902, 1905-1907, 1910, 1912-1913. The reports provide background on the aims and activities of the Society, lists of donors and information for emigrants about Canada. There are also copies of letters received from former emigrants, although only the initials and place of residence in Canada are given, not the full name (microfilm A-1477, on-site consultation only).
Research in Other Institutions
No other records have been located in Canada or England.
- The golden bridge: young immigrants to Canada, 1833-1939 by Marjorie Kohli, pages 203-206. (AMICUS 28334219)
See our Home Children 1869-1932 page for links to other research sources, websites and institutions in Canada and the United Kingdom.