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Immigrant boys on their way to the St. George Home in Ontario, 1908.
To document the types of children entering the country, the federal government
hired photographers such as William Topley and John Woodruff to photograph them
in transit in front of train stations or at ports of debarkation. These photographs,
although staged, provide valuable portraits of the Home Children before they reached
the distributing homes, where they were separated and placed with Canadian families.