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Who is the Little Boy in this Picture?

Almost half a million Canadian military personnel departed from Pier 21 to serve overseas during the Second World War. This image depicts one of the first arrivals of a troop ship carrying soldiers back to Canada after World War II.

The Ile de France, laden with ecstatic soldiers, docked at Pier 21 on July 14, 1945. Flora Campbell was visiting her aunt when she heard the music on the waterfront and decided to bring her young son David down to the Pier to greet the soldiers. The boxes in her arms are cookies, which the soldiers had thrown down to the well-wishers who had come to watch their long awaited return to Canada.

Lawlor's Island Results

In the previous post I mentioned how Lawlor’s Island is uniquely unknown among Halifax’s harbour islands—it’s overlooked in public discourse and seems to be absent from public memory.

We took on a very basic survey of the island to establish what features of the quarantine island still exist. This process involved a few steps. We needed to do basic archival research to establish what the quarantine station looked like when it was operating. Just landing on a historic site and wandering around may be fun, but it’s no way to run a railroad when it comes to locating specific features. So, we had to work with Ian Cameron’s existing book on the topic, and we did some dedicated research using materials at Library and Archives Canada, too. These gave us historical maps of the island as well as building plans for all the major structures. After we finished the historical research and had a good idea of what the major features of the quarantine facility were, and where they were located on the island, we had to obtain good-quality modern maps and blend the old and new maps so that we could predict the location of features now.

Seek and Find!

Installation of a new heating and ventilation system is a funny process because it starts off uncomfortably, as temperatures are prone to spike (hello bikinis in January!) and fall (where is my sweater?!), with the whole process finishing as though nothing happened at all.

I thought I would share with you the illusive process of installing a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit visually. One of my favorite things to do when I was growing up was play Seek and Find. A variation of Hide and Seek, Seek and Find is a game where you look for something located in the open. As the Museum undergoes installation of a new HVAC system, our visitors, volunteers and staff are often presented with a Seek and Find of their own and I would like to challenge you to spot the differences!

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