The British Empire Games – a sporting event similar to the Olympics – began for the first time on the 16th of August, 1930.
Official programme. X
The Games took place in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Eleven countries of the British Empire competed.
New Zealand enters the stadium. X
There had been one similar event previously, in 1911, when it was called the Inter-Empire Championships.
Today the event is known as the Commonwealth Games. At the last Games seventy-one countries competed.
The Centre Block of the Canadian Parliament buildings in Ottawa caught alight on the night of the 3rd of February, 1916. Seven people were killed, and the building was destroyed.
Because the fire occurred in the middle of the First World War, at the time it was suspected German arsonists were involved.
Here, the building is seen still alight in the early hours of the 4th.
A poster from the 31st of January, 1901 in Toronto, Canada, announces a day of mourning for Queen Victoria. The Queen died on the 22nd, and her funeral was on the 2nd of February, the day the mourning was scheduled for.