BHCARA has aquired orginial documention of admission, emigration, and placement of the Barnardo children. Wilda Hay, Granddaughter of Ben Johnstone, of Peterborough donated artifacts she had from the emigration of BHC Cecil Bennett. Cecil's documentation and items carry through from Ben Johnstone's first application to Barnardo's for a boy through to his death is the First World War. With a stroke of luck, we also discovered documentation of Winifred Payne.


The BHCARA has just signed a ten year loan agreement with the Canadian Museum of History (formally the Civilization Museum) for these items to be used in a BHC exhibit there. The BHC will be included in a larger exhibit on immigration in the Canadian History Hall. This exhibit is scheduled to open late 2016 to early 2017.

Visit their web site for details on the CMH:

Winifred Payne

Given Name(s):W.
Port of Departure:Liverpool
Date of Departure:1905-08-03
Port of Arrival:Quebec
Date of Arrival:1905-08-12
Year of Arrival:1905
Party:Barnardo Homes
Destination:Toronto and Peterborough, Ontario
Comments:433 children, males to Toronto and Winnipeg and the females to Peterborough. There were nine adults on the end of the list who were travelling with the group. Frederick Franks, a boy aged 7, was listed as going to Peterborough.
Type of Records:Passenger Lists


October 27th 1903 Letter to The Rev. MacDonald regarding the death of her mother & admittance into the home. Stating that Winifred cannot be admitted until her eldest brother signs the agreement. This agreement would have contained a clause which once signed, gave the family's permission to emigrate Winifred. 

England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915 about Elizabeth Jane Payne
Name: Elizabeth Jane Payne
Estimated birth year: abt 1853
Registration Year: 1903
Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
Age at Death: 50
Registration district: Islington
Parishes for this Registration District: View Ecclesiastical Parishes associated with this Registration District
Inferred County: London
Volume: 1b
Page: 157

After sailing notice from Winifred Payne. Notifying the family that without any further notice to them, she had been shipped to Canada. It does not give any chance for the family to retrieve Winifred if their circumstances had changed or a chance to say good bye to her. This is a standard form with her information written in suggesting that this was standard practice for Barnardo's. 

1911 Census of Canada about Winnifred Payne placed with Curtis D Beemer and family.




Name: Winnifred Payne
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Single
Age: 18
Birth Date: Sep 1892
Birthplace: England
Relation to Head of House: Domestic
Immigration Year: 1905
Tribal: EnglishProvince: Ontario
District: Welland
District Number: 132


Sub-District: Pelham

Sub-District Number: 17
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name - Age
Curtis Beamer - 34
Ellen E Beamer - 34
Doris A Beamer - 7
Charles M Beamer - 11
Winnifred Payne - 18
Samuel Stephen - 19

Cecil Bennett

Given Name(s): Cecil
Surname: BENNETT
Port of Departure: Liverpool
Date of Departure: 1905-03-30
Port of Arrival: Portland
Date of Arrival: 1905-04-11
Year of Arrival: 1905
Party: Barnardo Homes
The ship docked at Halifax, then Portland, where 269 boys disembarked. The original list was lost and a list prepared in 1934 appears on the reel.
Type of Records: Passenger Lists

Cecil Bennett's BHC trunk

Application in Canada for a boy. I have often read that each application had to come with a $3 application fee, but have not seen proof of this until the Cecil Bennett Collection. 

This $3 fee documents was the fee charged for Barnardo's for each application accepted for a child. Not to be confused with the government bonus paid for each child.

Can't supply a boy right now

Cecil Bennett was treated as a son by Ben Johnson. He was educated and not expected to work until his education was finished.

Engagement has expired

Cecil's bible which came in his trunk

Cecil's Memorial Plaque issued to the Ben Johnston family after his death. British born soldiers who died in the Great War or because of the war, their families war issued this plaque.

Letter from Ben Johnstone's brother in law expressing sorrow at the loss of Cecil


Cecil receives his good conduct medal