Young Immigrants to Canada

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United Church Overseas League

On a 200 acre farm, called Cedarvale Farm, located near Georgetown, Ontario, young Armenian boys were brought to Canada starting in 1923. Called the Georgetown Boys, these lads ranged in age between eight and twelve years. The Armenian Relief Fund of Canada, with assistance from Lord Mayor's Fund of London, England, arranged to bring Armenian boys to Canada. A few of the boys were brought to Canada by Fegan Homes.

Later, in 1928, the United Church of Canada took over the farm and it was renamed the United Church Boys' Training Farm, Norval, Ontario. This institution brought some 1,600 lads to Canada between 1923 and 1932 under the Empire Settlement Act.

More Information

- J. Apramian, "The Georgetown Boys" (Hamilton: The Printing House, 1976, second printing June, 1983)

- Waterloo Historical Society, Vol 80, 1992, pp 137-141 "The Georgetown Boys In Waterloo County" by Kathryn Hansuld Lamb.

If any one has additional information on any of these children please contact me.


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