History

In 1847-8, Montreal was growing and progressing. During the terrible event of the Irish Immigrants, a number of other things were happening as the city grew and prospered….

  • 1847 – The Montreal Telegraph Company founded. In 1850, the year prior to Hugh Allan's presidency, Montreal Telegraph Co operated merely 500 miles of line, all in the province of Canada.
  • 1847 – Telegraph service between Montréal and Toronto, between Montréal and Quebec City, and between Montréal and New York City established.
  • 1847 – Bonsecours Market opened. It housed City Hall between 1852 and 1878.
  • 1847 – The first Bonaventure Station is built on Saint Jacques Street as the main terminal for railway from Montreal to Lachine.
  • 1847 – The railway from Montreal to Lachine is opened.
  • 1847 – Desbarats & Derbyshire (Georges-Édouard Desbarats and Stewart Derbyshire) start a glass factory at Vaudreuil.
  • 1847 – January 30 – Lord Elgin, Governor, arrives at Montreal.
  • 1847 – The first mass is celebrated in St. Patrick's Basilica on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.
  • 1847 – September 1 – Lord Elgin visits the fever sheds at Windmill Point.

 

                                                                        

Some interesting Historical writings concerning the event of 1847-8 and the Black Rock

 

Black Rock Manifesto – November 13 1981

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19811113&id=4FsxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=DaUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1627,1095003

The Ship Fever Monument – The Gazette – December 3 1898

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1888&dat=18981203&id=ZJ9hAAAAIBAJ&sjid=WGADAAAAIBAJ&pg=1338,6438258

Tried to move the Stone for Expo  Gazette – May 27th 1966

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19660527&id=cYEuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=rp8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=5045,5911041

Mary Cox became Madame Roberge Gazette May 25 1934 – Grosse Ile

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19340525&id=jr4tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vZgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6568,3318984

The Grey Nuns Gazette Aug 19 1986

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1888&dat=18960819&id=0l9hAAAAIBAJ&sjid=sSoDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1306,1794982

Black Rock Service – May 28 1928

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19280528&id=AXEtAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OIwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6835,4746002

General Irish 1980

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19801024&id=LwoiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=rqQFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2724,34

General Irish 1975

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19750314&id=on0xAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xKEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2452,3743437

Good overview – Slattery –  May 1972

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19720316&id=EBQyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5KEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6820,4410572

Some victim remains were found and reburied in 1942

The 6000 Irish victims of Black 47 were buried over a wide area, often simply in quickly dug trenches. Of course, the shoreline around the area has changed a great deal between 1847 and today. As a result, the exact location of these graves is difficult to determine & bones of victims are still occasionally found. The last major reburial of some found bones seems to have been in 1942, almost exactly 100 years after the event. This article from the Gazette, October 31st 1942 notes the ceremony that took place at that time.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19421031&id=VQMuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wZgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5486,5989857

Andrew Collard – 1970

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19700725&id=MowyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=J7kFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4644,5852216

St Stephen’s Anglican Churchyard

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19810606&id=IxUyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yaQFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4620,2102056

1909

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19090813&id=os00AAAAIBAJ&sjid=8YQFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6770,4078503

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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