Celebrating Canada 150

Published on 29 Jun 2017
Canda 150

July 1 marks Canada Day and this year the country is celebrating its 150 anniversary; which means a big party, parade, fireworks and lots of other festive activities.

It's an apt time to reflect on the 100,000 children who were migrated from the United Kingdom to Canada by British philanthropic organisations between 1869 and 1939. The Scottish philanthropist William Quarrier, through his Orphan Homes of Scotland, was involved in the migration of 7,000 of these ‘Home Children’.

In 2007, we were proud to play a part in piecing the migration story together. We undertook a digital preservation project to share – and safeguard – the migration story of the 10,000 'orphans, waifs and strays' who were sent from Scotland to find new lives in Canada. It resulted in The Golden Bridge.

Read the story of how we embarked on the creation of The Golden Bridge. It includes an interview with Ellen Daly and Ian Phillip from Iriss.