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jolee Report 14 Sep 2011 11:21

Three brothers John 1895 William 1897 and Alexander 1899 surname of Bonwick all born in Barking Essex. After the death of their father their mother remarried in 1903 to William Pryor, by 1905 the two elder brothers were on board the Kensington bound for Portland Maine and Nova Scotia.
Alexander followed two years later on board the Dominion both ships sailed from Liverpool all three boys were said to be Barnardo Boys, their two sisters remained in Essex with their mother and stepfather who then had five children of their own.

So not to waste anyone's time I have all the BMD's census etc up to the time they left England, and the shipping list for them all but is their anyone who might know what happened to them after they arrived in Canada.

Any info would be much appreciated - thank you.


MaureeninNY Report 14 Sep 2011 11:45

Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928 about Wm James Bonwick
Name: Wm James Bonwick
Birth Place: Baiking England
Age: 23
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1898
Father Name: John Bonwick
Mother Name: Annie Soper
Spouse Name: Lillian Smith
Spouse's Age: 21
Spouse Birth Place: Yorkshire England
Spouse Father Name: Fred'k Smith
Spouse Mother Name: Rebecca Henshaw
Marriage Date: 2 Mar 1921
Marriage Location: Simcoe
Marriage County: Simcoe
Archives of Ontario Microfilm: MS932_587

Lived in Collingwood,Ontario.



Potty Report 14 Sep 2011 12:25

From this site:

Surname Given Name Age Sex Ship Year of Arrival
1. BONWICK Ernest W 9 M Dominion 1906
2. BONWICK John 10 M Kensington 1905
3. BONWICK William 14 M Metagama 1920
4. BONWICK William James 8 M Kensington 1905

No mention of Alexander. The site gives immigration details.

This site has details of William James's WW1 record - it hasn't yet been digitized but there are instructions on how to order a copy:


MargaretM Report 14 Sep 2011 12:38

1911 census in Canada shows Wiiliie, 14, and Alex. 10, working as domestics with the Patterson family in Simcoe North, Ontario.

John, aged 17, is a servant in the Armstrong household in Simcoe South.


MaureeninNY Report 14 Sep 2011 12:45

It looks as though William and his wife are buried in Collingwood.



MargaretM Report 14 Sep 2011 12:52

There are 5 people named Bonwick living in Collingwood.


MargaretM Report 14 Sep 2011 12:56

A photo here of The Hon. Paul Bonwick, Member of Parliament, born Collingwood.


MargaretM Report 14 Sep 2011 13:03

FLIN FLON, Man. Aug. 13
(Special) — Funeral services for
Alex Bonwick, first painter to be
hired by the Hudson Bay Mining
and Smelting company in 1929
were held at the Flin Flon Trades
and Labor Temple Tuesday after
noon. Rev. Dr. J. Carlyle Parker
officiated. Members of the I.O.O.F
lodge attended the services, together
with the bargaining agents
of the North of 53 Trades and
Labor council and the painters
Born in Barking, Essex, England
in 1898, Mr. Bonwick came to
Canada as a child. He is survived
by his wife and two children; also
his mother and sister in England.
From the Winnipeg Free Press Wednesday 13 Aug 1947

A. Bonwick, Flin Flon,
Dies While At Work
(Special)—Alex Bonwick. aged 49,
a painter employed by the Hudson
Bay Mining and Smelting Co.
Ltd. died late Friday afternoon.
He was engaged in painting transformers
at the time of his death.
Efforts at resuscitation failed. An
autopsy will be held to determine
the cause of death. Mr. Bonwick
was married and had two children.
He has been employed here since 1929.
From the Winnipeg Free Press Saturday 09 Aug 1947


jolee Report 14 Sep 2011 13:08

Thank you so much this info is wonderful
Regards Joan


MaureeninNY Report 14 Sep 2011 13:08

Just going to delete my last post as the url (same one as Margee's) is overlapping the page.



Barry Report 14 Sep 2011 13:38

A tree on Ancestry shows John William Bonwick b 1895 Barking married a Mary M Latimer . There is no date or place on the record
Mary M Latimer born 1915 Collingwood and died 1995 Collingwood
John William's death is given as 1955 Collingwood


Barry Report 14 Sep 2011 14:14

A story attached to record of John William Bonwick on the family tree owned by a S Cooper

Banardo Orphans

Three very young brothers sailed from the Banardo Home in England to begin a new life in Canada.
William John and Alex came to Collingwood. Each lived in the region working on farms while being home schooled
John developed rheumatoid arthritus and struggled to work as a labourer on a farm located in Melancton Twp until he relocated to Collingwood with his brother Bill
Eventually John became a successful business man as owner and operator of a garage on Hurontarlo Street Collingwood Ontario
John had nine children before he passed away at an early age. He was grandfather of 4


jolee Report 14 Sep 2011 16:32

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped, knowing they appear to have made a good life for themselves is a comforting thought, once again thanks to you all.


MargaretM Report 14 Sep 2011 17:26

You might be interested in knowing that this year is "The Year of the British Home Child" here in Canada.


jolee Report 20 Sep 2011 19:34

Thank you all so much for the help given, because of it I am now in touch with a direct descendent of one of the "BONWICK BOYS"


Potty Report 21 Sep 2011 11:21

Brilliant, Joan. Thanks for coming back and telling us.


Barry Report 21 Sep 2011 17:06

Thanks for letting everyone know the outcome . Good luck with your "new "family

Cheers Barry