Author Sara Underwood will launch her book, Awful Kind: The story of the Middlemore Children of Prince Edward Island on September 28 at 5:30 pm in the Carriage House at Beaconsfield in Charlottetown.
Between 1869 and 1948 about 118,000 children were brought to Canada from England and placed with families across the county.
We do not know exactly how many of those children were sent to Prince Edward Island. They are rarely mentioned in Prince Edward Island history books, and many Islanders are not aware that they were sent to the Island at all.
Awful Kind traces the lives of about 190 children sent by the Middlemore Homes from Birmingham, England to PEI between 1893 and 1930 using reports by Middlemore representatives, admission documents, applications and letters from Islanders, and correspondence from the children to Middlemore.
Underwood is launching her book on September 28 because it is Canada’s first national British Home Child Day. Descendants of some of the British Home Children and the public are invited to attend the launch.
For information about Awful Kind and the British Home Children, visit www.peihomechildren.com.