Prince Albert Tales
Fire, extreme winds, and bitter cold swept over and through St. Patrick’s Orphanage in Prince Albert during the early hours of February 1, 1947. Over 130 souls, ranging from babies to seniors, fled, many in bare feet and thin night clothes. Seven were to perish; the rest faced total chaos.
As I researched the story of St. Patrick’s Orphanage here in Prince Albert, I was caught up in a moving personal connection.
In May of 1903, St. Patrick’s Orphanage, which closed its doors in 1973, became home, to over 70 United Kingdom Orphans. These children were part of a mass emigration to Canada of 118,000 British orphans spanning the years 1863 to 1939.