George Bogue Smart. He was born 30 May 1864 in Brockville, Ontario, to James and Annie (nee Bogue) Smart, who had married 25 November 1850 at London, Middlesex, Ontario. He had married Annie L. Page on 8 June 1892 in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario. In June 1899 he was hired by the government to assist the immigration agent at Halifax and to accompany new arrivals to the west. On January 1, 1900, he was appointed Inspector of British Immigrant Children and Receiving Homes, created by the Department of the Interior. He was the first and only person to hold that office. It was Smart’s job to visit the receiving homes both in Canada and the United Kingdom and to see that the inspection of the children from the Poor Law Boards was carried out. He survived the sinking of the Empress of Ireland and went back to Ottawa, Ontario, via Rimouski. He survived the sinking of the Empress of Ireland and would later be called to testify at the inquiry held after the disaster. He had been awakened by the shock of the collision and saw the hull of the Storstad when he looked out throught the porthole of his cabin. The collision, he said, reminded him of a rough ”car-coupling.” (The Evening Post, New York, 18 June 1914) He continued working until his retirement in 1933. He died in 1946.

”Mr. George Bogue Smart, of the Civil Service, left Ottawa on Wednesday for Montreal, and yesterday his relatives here received word that he had arrived safely and would sail on the Empress of Ireland on Thursday afternoon. He was going to attend conferences in England on behalf of the Canadian government.
Mr. Smart was born in Brockville on May 30, 1864, the youngest son of the late James Smart and Mrs. Smart. He received his early education at the Brockville Grammar School, and later was a student at Woodstock College, Woodstock, Ont. In 1880, he was connected with the Molson’s Bank, and in 1881 entered the office of his father, who was at that time sheriff of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. In 1892 he married Miss Annie Lindsay Page, youngest daughter of the late John Page, C. E. He entered the civil service in 1893, and in July, 1903, became chief inspector of British immigrant children, with his head quarters in Ottawa. He is the writer of many articles, and the author of many works dealing with immigration problems in Canada, and has delivered a great number of lectures on different phases of his work. This spring he was elected a member of the Authors’ Club of London, Eng.; (illegible) a member of the Colonial Institute, (?) Civil Service Association, St. Andrew’s Society, and the Canadian Club of Ottawa. He has travelled extensively for the Dominion government, and is well known throughout the Dominion, but particularly in Western Ontario. He is a Baptist in religion, and attends the First Baptist Church here. Mr. Smart resides here (at? 40?) MacLaren street, with her (sic) three sons, Lindsey, of the Bell Telephone Co., Douglas, of the editorial staff of the Free Press, and Ewart, attending the Model school. His mother, Mrs. James Smart, still lives at Brockville, and he has one brother, Hon. James A. Smart, Montreal, and two sisters, Miss E. P. Smart, Brockville, and Mrs. Judge Reynolds, also of Brockville.” (The Ottawa Journal 29 May 1914, p. 2)


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