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Thomas John Barnardo, known as Dr Barnardo, was the founder of many homes for poor children and started the charity Barnardo’s. From the time of his first home in 1870 until his death in 1905, Dr Barnardo helped nearly 100,000 children. See the fact file below for more information about Dr Barnardo.
Dr Thomas John Barnardo was one of the most significant and important people in the Victoria era and he is well known to this day for the work he did with Victorian children to rescue them, train them and give them better lives.
Facts About Dr Barnardo
- Dr Barnardo was born in Dublin, Ireland on July 4, 1845. He died on September 19, 1905 at the age of 60.
- He was the founder and director of Barnardo’s charity, which started as a home for poor children. From the date the first home was founded in 1870 until his death in 1905, Dr Barnardo had helped nearly 100,000 children to have better lives.
- He wanted to become a Protestant medical missionary in China. When he was 16, Dr Barnardo studied medicine at the London Hospital with the intention of qualifying for medical work in China.
- Even though he is called Dr Barnardo, he never qualified as a doctor. While he worked in London Hospital he saw great numbers of homeless children on the streets in the cities of England. After being encouraged by the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, a member of parliament, he gave up his ambition to be a doctor in China to begin what would eventually become his life’s work.
- He opened his first Ragged School in the East End of London in 1867. These were charities that gave free education to poor children in the Victoria era. Around 300,000 children went through the London ragged schools between 1844 and 1881.
- There is a Ragged School Museum in the East End of London in a building that was used by Dr Barnardo. The museum shows how a ragged school would have looked in Victorian times.
- It was a young boy at the Mission, Jim Jarvis, that convinced Dr Barnardo to help poor children. The boy took him around the East End and showed him children sleeping on roofs and in gutters.
- Dr Barnardo opened his first home for boys in 1870. It was located in Stepney Causeway and they trained boys in carpentry, metal work and shoemaking. These were skills that the boys could use to secure an apprenticeship and work.
- Barnardo used to limit the number of boys who could use the Shelter. One evening, an 11-year old ball called John Somers, who had the nickname ‘Carrots’, was turned away because the shelter was full. Carrots was found dead two days later and from that day forward Dr Barnardo vowed he would never turn around child away and a sign was hung that said “No Destitute Child Ever Refused Admission”.
- Barnardo’s was fully established with a ragged school, a home, an employment agency, and a mission church before Dr Barnardo was 30. He had also bought more than 12 east London properties and bought a children’s magazine as well.
- In 1873 Thomas Barnardo married Syrie Louise Elmslie. They were given a 15 year lease for Mossford Lodge in Barkingside as a wedding present.
- Barnardo opened The Girls’ Village Home at Mossford Lodge. It was a 60 acre site and within 3 years, Dr Barnardo had purchased the lease and owned the land. By 1900 there were 65 cottages at the home, as well as a school, a hospital and a church with three village greens.
- Thomas and Syrie had seven children. Their daughter Marjorie was born with Down’s Syndrome. Dr Barnardo was devoted to Marjorie and his experience caring for her influenced the Barnardo’s approach to helping disabled children. The charity accepted children with physical or learning disabilities and had specialist homes for children with disabilities.
- Dr Barnardo opened many homes during his lifetime. When Thomas Barnardo died in 1905, the charity had opened 96 homes caring for more than 8,500 children.
- The Barnardo’s charity is still going strong today – nearly 150 years after Barnardo opened the first boys home. For more information about Dr Barnardo and the Barnardo’s charity you can visit their website.
Photograph of Dr Barnardo
Dr Barnardo Worksheets
This bundle includes 7 ready-to-use Dr Barnardo worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about the founder of many homes for poor children and started the charity Barnardo’s. From the time of his first home in 1870 until his death in 1905, Dr Barnardo helped nearly 100,000 children. See the fact file below for more information about Dr Barnardo.
Throughout the extensive worksheet pack there are multiple lesson resources and quizzes for students to practice their knowledge which can be used within the classroom or homeschooling environment.
Included Dr Barnardo worksheets:
Students are challenged check their understanding of terms from the Victorian times.
Students will tackle this Dr Barnardo quiz in the form of a word search which students will complete using the knowledge gained from previous activities and quizzes.
Home Coloring Task
Students are tasked with coloring the Victorian home.
Make a timeline of Dr. Barnardo’s journey of helping the children during the Victorian Era
Dr Barnardo Way Home Maze
Help this boy find his way to Dr. Barnardo’s home.
Reflection Task 1:
Writing reflection task.
Reflection Task 2:
Students are challenged to study the imagery and reflect through their writing.
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