Nation Builders


This book unmasks one of the greatest human interest stories in Canadian history: the emigration of tens of thousands of children from Britain, from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, to become home children in Canada. Through first-hand accounts and archived materials, Corbett sensitively and accurately records the pilgrimage of the children who, against great odds, proved that Canada was the promised land. Today Barnardo Children and their descendants are legion, and they are counted among Canada’s greatest nation builders.

This is a new edition, produced following the popularity of the original publication in 1997.


"One of the greatest human interest stories in Canadian history."

The Examiner

About the Author

Gail H. Corbett

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Gail H. Corbett

Gail Helena Corbett was born in Peterborough, Ontario and is a graduate of Queen's University. She is a teacher, has published in various periodicals, and is the editor of Famous Canadian Artists and the highly successful anthology, Portraits. Gail is the author of Country Churches, Literary Sketches, and Katherine Wallis.