This week in the Archives I looked at the Management Committee minutes and came across another interesting Balsall Heath connection. In 1899 the Homes were seeking to recruit a new Superintendent and Matron for the new receiving home, Fairview, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They interviewed various couples and decided to appoint Mr & Mrs Lloyd of Mary St, Balsall Heath at a salary of £100 a year on top of board and lodging for themselves & their children. They also agreed to pay for the freight of their goods.
The Ancestry website reveals that this was Llewellyn Lloyd and his wife Helen who had two children, Herbert and Edith who were living at 140, Upper Mary St.
The 1901 Canadian Census shows them living in Halifax and indeed, the Management Committee Minutes make reference to Mr Lloyd visiting emigrated children.
However, in 1906 the whole family returned to England and in 1911 were living at 10, Strensham Road, Balsall Heath in quite a large house. Llewellyn was aged 60 by now. His son, Herbert, was aged 24 and had married in Canada. His wife, Olive, was living there but had been born in Halifax. They also had two children, Charles and Helen, aged 1 & 2 both born in Birmingham. The Lloyds stayed in Birmingham after that. I am intending to revisit the records to see why they returned.