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Bampton Home Children Collection
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0,52 m of textual records. - 438 photographs. - 208 pictures. - 24 compact discs (23 3.5 inch floppy discs). - 9 audio tape cassettes. - 6 videos.
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Daniel Thomas left Woodstock, Vermont to settle in Melbourne Township at the beginning of the 19th century. On 24 August 1835, he married Elizabeth Ann Armstrong, who came from Belfast, Ireland. They had five children: Daniel (1835), Samuel Simpson Wood (1837), Henrietta Maria (1839), Laura Ann (1843), and Charles Metcalfe (1847). Daniel Thomas had a notarial practice in Melbourne for many years and was held in high regard in the community, in particular in the field of education. He died in 1855 or 1856.
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Home Children Builders of Canada, Quebec Chapter was established by Sarge and Pauline Bampton in 1993, and dissolved in 2011, as a chapter for Home Children Canada, working in close partnership with David and Kay Lorente. Elburn "Sarge" Bampton is the son of two Home Children sent to Canada from Great Britain at the turn of the twentieth century. Sarge and his wife Pauline began to develop the chapter after Sarge spent twenty years trying to find his family. The program was developed to help find other home children and help families, as well as Home Children, find their loved ones. In accordance with Home Children Canada's mandate and vision the Quebec chapter aims to help home children and their descendants discover their past, tell their story to as many people as possible, erase the stigma so unfairly attached, and to replace that stigma with justifiable pride. Their objective is to bring togher home children, their families, descendants, and people with whome they once lived, along with hosting reunions. The Bampton's offered free assistance to those wishing to trace family members primarily through personal correspondence, but also through the use of local newspapers, radio and lectures as avenues for locating lost home children.
Sarge Bampton passed away at the Wales Home in Richmond the 10 October 2014.
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The collection contains primary source information on child immigration, social and economic conditions. It also contains information on the Gibbs Boys Home, Knowlton Distributing Home, Chapter history, projects, and events, as well as on the personal histories of individual Home Children. The majority of the records were produced in the Eastern Townships, many come from across Canada and worldwide. It consists primarily of personal genealogical correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings. The collection is comprised of the following series: Historical information ([186-]-[20--]), Promotional Material (1977-2010), Genealogy (1868-2011), Personal Correspondence (1984-2011), Photographs ([19--]-2008), and Media ([199-?]-2001).
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A full finding aid was created for this collection. A spreadsheet listing of all Home Chidren found in the Genealogy series has been created as a secondary finding aid. It cross-references any other media related to that person for easier access to information.
Some material connected to this collection is preserved by the Eaton Corner Museum in Eaton Corner, Quebec. Materials preserved by the Museum include Home Child boxes and interpretation panels created by the Bamptons.
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One document, an original Gibbs Home for Boys work contract, has been placed in a mylar sleeve for protection due to its fragility and damaged areas. The content on the 8mm video cassette tapes and the 3 1/2 inch floppy discs was inaccessible when the collection was processed.
208 pictures, 438 photographs, 23 3 1/2 inch floppy discs, 9 audio cassette tapes: chrome dioxide, 6 video cassettes (ca: 1hr): chrome dioxide, 8mm, and 1 compact disc. Included among the photographs are 277 cellulose acetate negatives.
Included among the pictures are 20 colour, 171 b&w, and 17 sepia tone pictures. Among the photographs there are 146 colour and 15 b&w photographs. The pictures are computer printed reproductions of original photographs [18--]-[19-?].
The documents were donated by Sarge and Pauline Bampton in 2011.
Most of the documents are in English, some are in French.
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28 janvier, 2016