Barnardo's Ups and Downs Magazine

The Ups and Downs magazine was published in Toronto, Ontario by the Canadian branch of Dr. Barnardo’s organization from August 1895 until December 1949. The number of issues per volume varied greatly, from 12 issues in Volume 1 in 1895/96 and 13 issues in Volume 2 in 1896/97 to the more regular four issues per year until 1936, when two issues per year were printed. Soon after that, in 1939, there was just one issue per year until 1949.

As far as is known, no organization owns all the copies, but BIFHSGO has identified the whereabouts and indexed 146 of the 173 issues that are believed to have been printed. As of November 2013, two additional issues have also been identified, but have not been copied nor indexed. This leaves 27 issues between January 1906 and the summer of 1921 that have not been found and therefore not copied nor indexed. Unfortunately, this covers World War I, when many Home Children went to war.

The cost of the magazine was 25 cents per year and it was very popular with the children. On average, each issue had between 28 and 36 pages, although earlier issues had fewer pages and some later issues had as many as 80. The magazines usually included both Boys and Girls sections with many photos, a feature that encouraged many of the children to become avid readers of its pages. After 1924, when Barnardo’s took over the Macpherson Homes, a Marchmont Home section was added to the magazine to cater to children who came to Canada through the Macpherson Homes. Over the period of the magazine, about 30,000 children arrived in Canada through Barnardo's and Macpherson's organizations.
The BIFHSGO database has about 61,000 line items, mostly names. There is, therefore, a reasonable chance that any given child is mentioned.
Our Ups and Downs database was started originally by Brian Rolfe, in Ottawa, with help from Gail Collins, in St. Catharines, Ontario, and her crew of helpers. After Brian’s untimely death, his son Thomas gave BIFHSGO volunteers his films and hard copies, which enabled them to finalize the indexing and produce the index in its present form.