This image is of King
George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, on the King’s official birthday on the 19th of May, 1939.
The British monarch has celebrated an
official birthday separate to their real birthday since George II began the tradition in 1748. The purpose of the different date was to ensure celebrations could be held in a warmer month, where there was a better chance of the weather being fine.
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This photograph was taken on Christmas Day, 1901 in Ontario, Canada. People play ice hockey on the Rideau Canal in the capital city, Ottawa. The
original image is slightly darker.
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From the Provincial Archives of Alberta
Children in Halloween costumes at the Little Smoky River Farm Industries settlement in Alberta, Canada. Circa 1950.
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Labour Day falls on the 4th of September in 2017. Here is an image of the holiday being celebrated in Toronto in the early 1900s.
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On the 2nd of September, 1945, the Chinese community of Montreal, Canada held a parade to celebrate the
surrender of the Japanese in the Second World War.
The parade took place in
Chinatown, and was photographed by photojournalism pioneer Conrad Poirier.
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On the 29
th of June, 1864, a train in Quebec, Canada fell through an open swing bridge and into the Richelieu River.
The worst train disaster in Canadian history, it is thought ninety-nine people died in the crash. The majority of people on board were European immigrants.
The investigation placed the blame for the disaster on Grand Trunk Railway, as the train failed to acknowledge stop signals that would have prevented it from falling through the bridge.
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Damage on the dockside. X
The Great Fire of Saint John occurred in New Brunswick, Canada on the 20
th of June, 1877.
It was after two in the afternoon when a spark fell onto hay in a storehouse, sparking a fire that burnt for nine hours. At least nineteen people were killed and many more were injured.
1612 structures were destroyed, including fourteen hotels, eight churches, six banks, and a number of boats. The heat of the flames was so great that some buildings were said to have burst into flames before the fire reached them.
Cities all over the world donated money to the rebuilding effort, including Chicago, a city that had suffered
a massive fire less than six years before.
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