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 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.
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