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Colonial Building exterior plan

  • CA PCA Acc2455
  • Collection
  • [1837?]

This single collected item consists of an architectural drawing of the exterior of the proposed Colonial Building to be built in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The plan is comprised of three sheets. The provenance of this plan is unknown although, given the similarity between this plan and the structure of the Colonial Building as it was built, it is likely that the architect was Isaac Smith.


Charlottetown conference of Canadian premiers 1961 photograph

  • CA PCA Acc3331
  • Collection
  • 1961

This collection consists of one photograph of the provincial premiers who participated in the 1961 Charlottetown Conference, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The delegates are pictured standing on the porch of Fanningbank, the residence of the Lieutenant-Governor of PEI. Provincial premiers pictured in the photograph are, from left to right: W. A. C. Bennett, British Columbia: E. C. Manning, Alberta; T. C. Douglas, Saskatchewan; Dufferin Roblin, Manitoba; Leslie Frost, Ontario; Jean Lesage, Quebec; Louis Robichaud, New Brunswick; R. L. Stanfield, Nova Scotia; W. R. Shaw, Prince Edward Island; Joseph Smallwood, Newfoundland.

Charlottetown was the site of the second annual premiers' conference held 14 and 15 August 1961. The first annual meeting of the Canadian premiers was held in Quebec City in 1960 at the suggestion of then Quebec premier, Jean Lesage. The meeting delegates were officially welcomed to Prince Edward Island by Charlottetown mayor, Walthen A. Gaudet, at a reception held at the Charlottetown Hotel. The meetings were chaired by Premier Frost of Ontario and co-chaired by Prince Edward Island Premier Walter Shaw. Meetings were held at Province House and topics discussed included: the coordination of provincial sales tax collection, disaster aid, forest fire protection, agricultural and uniform traffic legislation research, portable pensions, the creation of a council of provincial premiers, the proposed building to commemorate the centennial of Confederation, education, Lord's Day Act, off-shore mineral rights, and financial matters.


Northumberland Ferries photographs : [ca. 1950]

  • CA PCA Acc4122
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1950]

The collection consists of two photographs; one of the "Prince Nova", the first Northumberland Ferries vessel, at the ferry terminal wharf, the other of the Board of Directors of Northumberland Ferries Ltd.

Northumberland Ferries Ltd. was incorporated to operate in Prince Edward Island in 1939 having already obtained corporate status in Nova Scotia. It has operated the ferry transportation from Wood Islands to Caribou N.S. from that time until the present day. The "Prince Nova" was the first vessel to ply the Strait for Northumberland Ferries. Built in 1909, the passenger steamer was named "Waubic" until she suffered serious damage in a fire in 1938 and had to be rebuilt. From then until her arrival in P.E.I. in 1941, she was known as the "Erie Isle". From June of 1941 until the end of the 1957 season she was in service on the Wood Islands Caribou crossing and known as the "Prince Nova". She burned and was abandoned in July of 1959.


Sir Louis Henry Davies photograph

  • CA PCA Acc4128
  • Collection
  • 1919

This collection consists of a photograph of Louis Henry Davies (1845-1924) and some family members was taken at "Curdridge," Hampshire, England, probably in 1919 when Sir Louis Henry Davies was in Europe for the Versailles Conference. Identified people in the photograph include: Sir Louis Henry Davies, Lady Davies, Mrs. Frances Davies (nee Ramsbotham), Reverend Herwald Davies, Miss Winifred Davies, Mrs. Muriel Tew (nee Davies), Mrs Joyce Jeffery (nee Davies).

Sir Louis Henry Davies was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 4 May 1845. He received his education at the Central Academy in Charlottetown, and at the Inner Temple in London. He was admitted to the bar in 1867 and quickly gained recognition in that field. In 1876, he was elected to the P.E.I. Legislature. He served as Premier of the Province between 1876 and 1879. One of his outstanding achievements while in office was the legislation which established public schools in Prince Edward Island.

In 1882, Davies entered federal politics as a representative of Queens County. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1901, and in 1918, became Chief Justice of Canada. He died and was buried in Ottawa 1 May 1924.


Provincial Sanatorium film sequence / property of P. A. Creelman

  • CA PCA Acc4230
  • Collection
  • 1938

This collection consists of a film containing 50' of colour film mostly of the exterior of the Provincial Sanatorium in 1938, including a brief shot of a group of nurses. There is no audio.

The Provincial Sanatorium was built largely in response to a province-wide chest diagnostic survey undertaken in Prince Edward Island in 1925 which emphasized the necessity of providing a permanent diagnostic service and adequate sanatorium facilities. The fifty bed facility, designed by architect E. S. Blanchard, opened its doors in 1931. Dr. P. A. Creelman, appointed diagnostician and first chief health officer for Prince Edward Island in 1928, was made medical director of the sanatorium and placed in charge of the tuberculosis program in the province. Additions were made to the building in 1944. When the incidence of tuberculosis declined the building was turned into a rehabilitative centre and today functions as a chronic care institution named for a long time director of the institution, Dr. Eric Found.


George Godfrey photograph : [ca. 1890 ?]

  • CA PCA Acc4249
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1890 ?]

The collection consists of one photograph of George Godfrey, ca. 1890[?] taken from an unidentified publication.

George "Old Chocolate" Godfrey was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in 1852, the son of William Godfrey and Sarah Byers. He migrated to Boston about 1870, trained as a boxer, and in 1879 won a local competition which marked the beginning of a lengthy professional career as a prizefighter. By 1883 he had eliminated all challengers to the title of American black heavyweight champion. Undefeated until 1888, he continued to fight until 1895 when he turned to teaching and ran a boxing school at Scollay Square in Boston. He died of tuberculosis on 17 October 1901.


Charlottetown and rural PEI photograph collection : [ca. 1913]

  • CA PCA Acc4359
  • Collection
  • Copied 1994

The collection consists of 59 negatives of scenes in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, including the fire at St. Dunstan's Cathedral, 1913, a parade on Kent, Queen and Grafton Streets, and Falconwood Hospital. There are several farm scenes, images of people in carriages, and photographs of a train wreck. More than half the negatives are unprinted containing images of unidentified persons and places.


Goodwill House photographs : ca. 1900

  • CA PCA Acc4865
  • Collection
  • Copied [ca. 1960s]

These photographs are copy prints of two images of the parlour of Goodwill House, a house located on Goodwill Avenue in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In one image, a woman is engaged in needlework in the parlour. There are two copies of this image. In the other image, a young man sits in the parlour. The photographer who made these copy prints may have been Vera Beck, a member of the Charlottetown Camera Club.


Unidentified procession photograph : [ca. 1910]

  • CA PCA Acc4989
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1910]

This photograph [ca. 1910] depicts an unidentified procession along the water at Victoria Park in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Some of the men in the procession are wearing tartan sashes and tams, others top hats. The three men leading the procession are carrying bagpipes, and musical instruments can be seen further back in the crowd. A number of people appear to be walking alongside, but slightly apart from, the actual procession.


Boer War letter to James Robert Stewart

  • CA PCA Acc4999
  • Collection
  • 29 March 1900

This letter was written from Bloemfontein, South Africa on 29 March 1900 by "Lorne" during the South African Boer War and was sent to James Robert Stewart of Bayview, Prince Edward Island. In the letter, Lorne (whose surname is unknown) describes the conditions of soldiers in the British Army during the war. Lorne outlines how he was under fire four times, participated in one of the hardest marches ever performed by the British Army, slept in wet clothes, fought all day without eating, and drank from the Modder River as rotting horses, mules, oxen, and dead Boers floated by.

The creator is unknown, identified only as "Lorne".

James Robert Stewart was born 1 September 1864 and lived and farmed in Bayview, Prince Edward Island. In 1891, he married Jennie Ingles Bulman of New Glasgow. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart died in 1939 and 1940, respectively, and are buried together in the Cavendish / Presbyterian United Cemetery.


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