Ellinor Close Farm Home


The Children's Farm Home Association ran a cottage farm system in England. Hoping to run a similar program in Canada, Ellinor Close eventually opened a farm home in Nauwigewauk, New Brunswick, in 1906. She proposed to bring children from various Boards of Guardians in England, such as Bethnal Green.

It appears that only a small number of children ended up being sent to the Close Farm, arriving between 1906 and 1909.

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: Mrs. Ellinor C.S. Close - Children's Farm Home Association, Ellinor Farm Home, Nauwigewauk, New Brunswick, 1904-1911
RG76, volume 323, file 312973, microfilm C-10237.

Research in Other Institutions

There is a list of children held at the King's County Museum in Nova Scotia. That list has been transcribed (see below). No other records have been located in Canada or England.

Research Online

Published Sources

  • The golden bridge: young immigrants to Canada, 1833-1939 by Marjorie Kohli, pages 194 to 197. (AMICUS 28334219)

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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