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Russell Industrial Farm, Russell, Manitoba, Canada

In 1894, Barnardo's established the Russell Industrial Farm at Russell, Manitoba. The property was used as a farm home for young men emigrating from Barnardo's Labour House in Stepney. At any one time, the farm house from thirty to sixty emigrants, who were from 17 to 20 years in age.

Russell Industrial Farm, c.1900. © Peter Higginbotham

The establishment was closed in 1907, with around 600 individuals having spent time there.


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  • Barnardo, Syrie Louise, and Marchant, James Memoirs of the Late Dr Barnardo (Hodder & Stoughton, 1907)
  • Batt, J.H. Dr. Barnardo: The Foster-Father of "Nobody's Children" (S.W. Partridge, 1904)
  • Bready, J. Wesley Doctor Barnardo (Allen & Unwin, 1930)
  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Rose, June For the Sake of the Children: Inside Dr. Barnardo's: 120 years of caring for children (Hodder & Stoughton, 1987)
  • Wagner, Gillian Barnardo (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1979)