Library and Archives Canada has released digitized silent movies of immigrants and the immigration facilities, filmed from 1919 to 1921. If your ancestors arrived in St. John, New Brunswick, you can see what they saw upon arrival at the Department of Colonization. Another film shows the Barnardo Orphanage in Peterborough, Ontario.
Other stories in the film include:
- The second story is about people enjoying the scenery at Grand Beach, Manitoba.
- The third story depicts classes for immigrant women, offered by the City of Red Deer, Alberta and the Soldiers Settlement Board, where they learn how to make butter and milk cows.
- The fourth story is in Galt, Ontario, where Irish women are working in a knitting factory.
- The fifth story portrays British farmers and their families who sailed to Canada on the Canadian Pacific ship S.S. Minnedosa to settle on Saskatchewan farms; women who came to Canada to take jobs as domestics in Saskatchewan; and women from the Williams Settlement Society who are moving to Saskatchewan.
- The final story is set in Peterborough, Ontario, and introduces British girls living at Hazel Brae, an orphanage founded by Dr. Thomas Barnardo.
The nine-minute film is available at http://youtu.be/HsTigiK_r5I or click on the image below:
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