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Dr Barnardo By Jasiah

Thomas John Barnardo (4 July 1845 – 19 September 1905) was a philanthropist and founder and director of homes for poor children, born in Dublin. From the foundation of the first Barnardos home in 1870 to the date of Barnardo’s death, nearly 100,000 children had been rescued, trained and given a better life.

Barnardo was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1845. He was the fourth of five children of John Michaelis Barnardo, a furrier, and his second wife, Abigail,an Englishwoman and member of the Plymouth Brethren. In the early 1840s, John emigrated from Hamburg to Dublin, where he established a business; he married twice and fathered seventeen children. The Barnardo origins are uncertain; the family “traced its origin to Venice, followed by conversion to the Lutheran Church in the sixteenth century,” but others have claimed German Jewish roots for them.

With the intention of qualifying for medical missionary work in China, Barnardo studied medicine at the London Hospital, and later at Paris and Edinburgh, where he became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. However, he never earned a doctorate, and in later life he was prosecuted for falsely claiming he was a doctor.


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