William J. Pady


William J. Pady was a merchant, who was sometimes referred to as a Baptist minister. He did not run his own homes in England, but called his office the Canadian Emigration Bureau. He advertised to local poor law unions and workhouses for children he could take to Canada.

He did not have a receiving and distribution home in Canada as was required. Instead, his son in Winnipeg placed some children on farms in Manitoba. Other children were placed by his daughter Bertha Pady in Montreal. Other children were placed in Ontario.

It is estimated that Pady brought about 200 children to Canada between 1890 and 1896, when he was forced to stop his operations. He had been under increasing scrutiny and investigation for sending children who were too young and unfit, lack of supervision and follow-up care, and other improper procedures.

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: Immigration of Children, W.J. Pady, 1890-1908
RG76, volume 64, file 2932, microfilm C-4732

Research in Other Institutions

No other records have been located in England or Canada.

Research Online

This page includes names and details of children sent by Mr. Pady, extracted from the following Library and Archives Canada source: RG76, volume 64, file 2932, microfilm C-4732.

Published Sources

  • Uprooted: the shipment of poor children to Canada, 1867-1917 by Roy Parker, pages 115-121. (AMICUS 33716306)

  • The golden bridge: young immigrants to Canada, 1833-1939 by Marjorie Kohli, pages 208-209. (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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