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February 1886 the Aston Board of Guardians propose to send 10 children for emigration to Canada from the Workhouse. Ten pounds is authorised for each child, and discussion with JT Middlemore, who would have much pleasure in taking the children if they were healthy in body and mind, and cleanly in their habits.
No details of how or why they were chosen.
Later the children were taken to Court and agreed to go...
This is from the Edgbastonian Magazine, September 1883
‘A benevolent Edgbaston gentleman who has solved one of the difficult social problems of modern times – the reclamation of the children of the criminal and most degraded classes of our large towns. His institution has enabled Mr. Middlemore to rescue from the gutter, or more frequently from the haunts of vice, dishonesty, debauchery, filth, and ignorance, no fewer than eight hundred incipient criminals’