150 sto­ries for 150 years

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Four­teen na­tional, pro­vin­cial and ter­ri­to­rial in­sti­tu­tions across Canada have se­lected 150 im­ages and sto­ries for an ex­hi­bi­tion to celebrate the 150th an­niver­sary of Canada’s Con­fed­er­a­tion.

The sto­ries and im­ages il­lus­trate how peo­ple have tra­versed this na­tion over years, decades and cen­turies, with a ma­jor fo­cus on the role of the rail­way. The Pub­lic Ar­chives and Records Of­fice of Prince Ed­ward Is­land is among the in­sti­tu­tions tak­ing part in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The on­line ex­hi­bi­tion, called The Ties that Bind Canada (http://rbcm.ca/tiesthat­bind), gives life to the sto­ries of the devel­op­ment of trans­porta­tion links over land, sea and ice.

The com­ple­tion of Canada’s rail­way sys­tem and its im­pact on build­ing the na­tion is the start­ing point for this on­line gallery, but it’s not the only story. Even to­day, the move­ment of peo­ple and goods in This was one of the ear­li­est tank en­gines on the Is­land, made by the Hun­clet En­gine Com­pany of Leeds, Eng­land, and shipped to P.E.I. as one of six tank en­gines ar­riv­ing be­tween Septem­ber 1872 and June 1873. The P.E.I. Rail­way of­fi­cially opened in 1875.

re­mote ar­eas of Canada re­lies on in­ge­nu­ity and al­ter­nate forms of trans­porta­tion, some­times in very harsh con­di­tions.

“This is an out­stand­ing col­lec­tion of im­ages that tell the story of our coun­try,” said Ed­u­ca­tion, Early Learn­ing and

Cul­ture Min­is­ter Doug Cur­rie. “I en­cour­age Is­landers to view the on­line ex­hibit or visit the pro­vin­cial ar­chives to learn more about the role of the rail­way in our his­tory and devel­op­ment.”

This on­line ex­hi­bi­tion was built for all Cana­di­ans to en­joy, but it’s also a valu­able resource for stu­dents of Cana­dian his­tory, ed­u­ca­tors, train en­thu­si­asts and trans­porta­tion fans. Vis­i­tors to The Ties that Bind Canada may be sur­prised by the vast­ness of the north­ern Inuit trans­porta­tion net­work or by the var­i­ous ways peo­ple trav­elled from the prairies to coastal com­mu­ni­ties. Text is writ­ten in both of Canada’s of­fi­cial lan­guages.

The com­plete ex­hibit can be viewed at The Ties that Bind Canada (http:// rbcm.ca/tiesthat­bind). The P.E.I. Pub­lic Ar­chives and Records Of­fice’s con­tri­bu­tion to The Ties that Bind Canada can also be found at http://www.gov.pe.ca/ on­li­ne­ex­hibits/dis­play. php3?cat=38.


This train ticket for the Prince Ed­ward Is­land Rail­way was is­sued for a one­day ex­cur­sion from Free­town to North Wilt­shire. The back of the ticket is stamped with the date 2 April 1900.


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