One hundred years ago today: Canada’s Parliament Burns

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.

Source

Parliament_Ottawa_in_fireCentre Block fire, Parliament Buildings. Photograph taken at 1230 a.m., a few minutes before the collapse of the tower. 3-4th February 1916.

 

A day of mourning in Canada

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.

Proclamation_-_Day_of_mourning_in_Toronto_for_Queen_Victoria_February_2,_1901Poster proclaiming a day of mourning in Toronto on the day of Victoria's funeral.1901.