Thomas was born in Dublin, Ireland, on the 4th July 1845, and was the son of a furrier, John Michaelis Barnardo, who was an immigrant from Germany with Spanish origins, and his second wife Abigail.
By the 1860s, Thomas was working in London’s poverty stricken East End and witnessed the destitution, particularly among orphaned children, which was left in the wake of the cholera epidemic of 1866. He opened a ragged school in 1867, and in 1870, founded the first ‘Dr Barnardo Home’ for homeless boys at Stepney Causeway. Six years later he opened his first school for girls at Barkingside in North-East London. By the time of his death on 19th September 1905, his organisation was operating 96 homes, with 8,500 children in their care.
|The Barnardo family in Banbury Road, Hackney, London, in 1881|
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You can see the Barnardo family tree in We are related to Dr. Barnardo (with thanks to Elizabeth Herts).
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