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Title Date of Arrival Culture Related Ship Accession Number Language More Information
Photograph of young boys with a wading pool, July 1965 July 1965 R2013.1362.525

Donated to the Museum, January 20 1998, by Ken Elliott.
Ken Elliott came to Pier 21 in July 1965 to photograph Italian and Greek immigrants being processed at the Pier 21 complex. He then donated the sixteen rolls of black and white negatives from his photo shoot to the Museum.

Photograph of Yolande and Charlie de Bussac, 1989 1989 DI2016.321.2

Donated to the Museum by Yolande de Bussac, April 8 2005
Yolande de Bussac (née Jouas) was born c. 1928 in Rouen, France. In 1944, the city was evacuated and Yolande, her family went to live with family friends, the Perouelles, in Routot. A Canadian division arrived in Routot and one of the soldiers, Charlie De Bussac, spoke French and soon met Mr. Perouelle. Yolande and Charlie were engaged in October 1945, married on January 16 1946, and Charlie left for Canada two days later. Yolande arrived at Pier 21 in September 1946. Charlie worked for CNR as an engineer for 33 years. They had six children and in 1975 purchased a farm.

Photograph of Yolande and Charlie de Bussac after their engagement, 1945 October 1945 DI2016.321.1

Donated to the Museum by Yolande de Bussac, April 8 2005
Yolande de Bussac (née Jouas) was born c. 1928 in Rouen, France. In 1944, the city was evacuated and Yolande, her family went to live with family friends, the Perouelles, in Routot. A Canadian division arrived in Routot and one of the soldiers, Charlie De Bussac, spoke French and soon met Mr. Perouelle. Yolande and Charlie were engaged in October 1945, married on January 16 1946, and Charlie left for Canada two days later. Yolande arrived at Pier 21 in September 1946. Charlie worked for CNR as an engineer for 33 years. They had six children and in 1975 purchased a farm.

Photograph of Wwar Bbrides in costume in Scotland, May 28 1945 (No Restriction) May 28 1945 DI2014.463.3

Donated to Pier 21, August 24 2009, by Eleanor O'Connor.
(Martha) Eleanor O'Connor (née Speirs) arrived at Pier 21 on May 21, 1946 with her mother, Scottish War Bride, Martha (Mattie) Stockwell. They sailed on board HMS Letitia and settled in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Photograph of workers harvesting tomatoes at Procyk Farms in Ontario, c. 2010 c. 2010 DI2016.339.18

Donated to the Museum by William Procyk, February 24 2010
William Procyk was born in Poland c. 1933. He immigrated to Canada with his parents, Mike and Pauline, and two siblings, Mary and James. They arrived at Pier 21 on August 26 1939 on board SS Pilsudski and took the train to Windsor, Ontario. They were picked up by their cousin and taken to her father's farm in Tilbury, Ontario. A month later they moved into their own farm outside of Tilbury with the money they saved prior to immigration. William and his family grew sugar beets, tomatoes, and cucumbers and the children attended school. They moved to a larger farm in Brantford, Ontario in 1947. They began to grow tomatoes, pickles, and strawberries for canners. William inherited the farm after his father died. William married Annie in 1962 and they had four children, Christine Ann, Michael, Paul, and Danny. The Procyk family farm has been passed down to William's three sons and son-in-law. They still farm today and provide chain and independent stores with fruit and vegetables.

Photograph of workers harvesting peppers at Procyk Farms in Ontario, c. 2010 c. 2010 DI2016.339.19

Donated to the Museum by William Procyk, February 24 2010
William Procyk was born in Poland c. 1933. He immigrated to Canada with his parents, Mike and Pauline, and two siblings, Mary and James. They arrived at Pier 21 on August 26 1939 on board SS Pilsudski and took the train to Windsor, Ontario. They were picked up by their cousin and taken to her father's farm in Tilbury, Ontario. A month later they moved into their own farm outside of Tilbury with the money they saved prior to immigration. William and his family grew sugar beets, tomatoes, and cucumbers and the children attended school. They moved to a larger farm in Brantford, Ontario in 1947. They began to grow tomatoes, pickles, and strawberries for canners. William inherited the farm after his father died. William married Annie in 1962 and they had four children, Christine Ann, Michael, Paul, and Danny. The Procyk family farm has been passed down to William's three sons and son-in-law. They still farm today and provide chain and independent stores with fruit and vegetables.

Photograph of workers harvesting cabbage at Procyk Farms in Ontario, c. 2010 c. 2010 DI2016.339.20

Donated to the Museum by William Procyk, February 24 2010
William Procyk was born in Poland c. 1933. He immigrated to Canada with his parents, Mike and Pauline, and two siblings, Mary and James. They arrived at Pier 21 on August 26 1939 on board SS Pilsudski and took the train to Windsor, Ontario. They were picked up by their cousin and taken to her father's farm in Tilbury, Ontario. A month later they moved into their own farm outside of Tilbury with the money they saved prior to immigration. William and his family grew sugar beets, tomatoes, and cucumbers and the children attended school. They moved to a larger farm in Brantford, Ontario in 1947. They began to grow tomatoes, pickles, and strawberries for canners. William inherited the farm after his father died. William married Annie in 1962 and they had four children, Christine Ann, Michael, Paul, and Danny. The Procyk family farm has been passed down to William's three sons and son-in-law. They still farm today and provide chain and independent stores with fruit and vegetables.

Photograph of work horses on a farm in Lipton, Saskatchewan, 1955-1956 (No Restriction) 1955 to 1956 DI2006.4.93

Donated to Pier 21, July 5 2004, by Ed Smith.
Ed Smith was born Adriaan Smit in 's-Heer Arendskerke, Netherlands on August 4, 1945. After the Second World War, he immigrated to Canada with his parents, Willem and Apolonia, and his brothers, Nicolaas and Marrinus. They travelled on board SS Waterman, sailing from Rotterdam on June 24, 1952 and arriving in Halifax on July 2, 1952. The family made their way west, initially bound for Winnipeg, Manitoba but eventually settling in the Regina area in Saskatchewan. The family changed their surname from Smit to Smith.

Photograph of women wearing traditional Dutch clothing, August 1945 (No Restriction) August 1945 DI2014.269.15 English

Donated to the Musem by Wilfred Clouthier, July 26 2008
Wilfred Clouthier was born in 1922 in Arnprior, Ontario. The youngest of 12 children, he attended school until grade seven then joined the Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Cadets, where he did three years of training. When Canada declared war on Germany in September 1939, Wilfred initially took over duties for the RCMP in Ottawa, before being mobilized into the active unit of Governor General’s Foot Guard on June 17 1940. Trained and sent to Halifax, Wilfred assisted military police in Dartmouth before being shipped overseas on board HMT Pasteur on September 13 1942, landing in Scotland. During the Second World War, Wilfred was a crew commander and met his wife, Nancy, while in England. He returned to Canada on board RMS Queen Elizabeth in January 1946, but landed in New York due to stormy weather. His wife, seven months pregnant, arrived in July 1946.

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