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Lily Nixon

portrait photo of a young girl

Application to the charity

  • Date of application: 1 November 1902
  • Place of birth: Liverpool
  • Age: 13
  • Father’s name: Richard, dead 4 months
  • Mother’s name: Emma, dead 5 weeks
  • Condition: Fair


  • Ship: Bavarian
  • Date of departure: 23 April 1903
  • Date of arrival: 2 May 1903
  • Destination: Belleville, Ontario


Listen to some of Lily's story, or read the transcript below:


"Hello, my name is Lily Nixon and I'm 13 years old and I live in Liverpool. My mum and dad died within 6 months of each other and me and my sister had to go and live in a home because I ended up living with a prostitute and the NSPCC said it was too dangerous.

I arrived in Canada in Quebec on 2nd May 1903 and started my new life. I've learnt how to run a house and I'm very happy and contented with my new life. I never really felt like a servant and over time even began to feel like part of the family. I've got a lot of friends and I attend school and church, in the next village, every week."