Toronto Emigration Office Records also called The Hawke Papers date from
1831-1892. The papers were compiled by Anthony Bowden Hawke, an emigrant
agent assigned to assist immigrants in settling Upper Canada (which became
Canada West, and then Ontario).
The Hawke Papers include official correspondence and records which document
assistance provided to immigrants in the form of transportation, food,
and shelter. Included arerecords of assistance to widows, orphans, and
others who fled to Canada during the Irish
famine. Earliest in date are financial records containing accounts
of A.B. Hawke, Peter Robinson,
Alexander McDonell and others.
The records come mainly from the Toronto and Kingston
emigrant offices but records of arrivals and destinations at other
locations are also included. Some registers document the arrival of children
from Barnardo's Homes, who were among the British
Home Children sent to Canada between 1870 and 1940.