Girls’ Emigration Party 1898
“The long months of anxious training are over, the busy weeks of preparation have come to an end and on Thursday morning, May 7th, myself and thirty-eight bright, healthy girls stand on the deck of the good ship Angloman of the Dominion S.S. Company.
Our faces were westward and thither were our expectations, for although every one of the young lives around me was of hopeful character, every one of them had surroundings here which would most surely in the future have driven them back to the slums from which they had been rescued. Hence the one hope for my girls was Canada!"
The sea crossing consisted of many days of sea sickness for a lot of the girls and the Matron, the birth and christening of a baby and the first glimpse of icebergs. By 12 o’clock on the 17th May the girls had docked at Quebec and boarded a train to Belleville, taking in their first sight of Canada.
‘Neat Little Wooden Houses’"The neat little wooden houses with their shading trees and green venetian shutters looking so cool in the hot morning sun, the wooden sidewalks, the shady woods, and lovely bouquets of wild flowers, then the lunch of home-made bread and butter and fresh eggs made the town bred girls all together in love with the place and one girl said “Why Mother, not half has ever been told”.
From here Mrs Smethurst spent the rest of her time in Canada visiting the girls placed in Canada from previous years, before making the long journey home. She arrived back to Rosen Hallas in July ready to train the next group of girls ready for their new life abroad.