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Exploring Photos with Jim Smith: British Home Children
(Supplied/Jim Smith)

My grandmother was an orphan taken from a work house in England by the Bernardo Home.

Dr. Thomas John Bernardo was good friends with George Bernard Shaw, who paid to have all the orphaned children’s pictures taken. This image is a portrait of my grandmother that was paid for by Shaw. My grandmother Cecilia was sent to Canada in 1911 and, after being rejected by a number of families, she ended up in Niagara and lived with the Davey family. The Daveys had a butcher shop in town which today is the Just Christmas store. The Daveys were good to her and it was while living with them that she met my grandfather, who was delivering groceries for McClelland’s store on Queen Street.