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    Crime, seduction, adultery fill immoral theatre

    September 22nd, 2012

    SOCIAL HISTORY: stories of life and times in Canada past

    Good Christian Canadians were warned in 1829 to avoid the wicked theatre. Nothing but immorality and ruin comes from it, Rev. J. Bromley of Newcastle-Upon Tyne declared Read the rest of this entry »


    A house goes up as whisky goes down

    September 15th, 2012

    House Goes Up As Whisky Goes Down

    SOCIAL HISTORY CLIPPINGS: stories of life and times in Canada past

    William Thomson was unlike the troop of well-to-do, leisure class Britons who toured Canada in the early nineteenth century to write books about what they saw. A textile worker from the Aberdeen area of Scotland, Thomson supported himself during a three-year tour of the United States and Canada by working at whatever jobs he could find. One job was working at a “raising” of a log house Read the rest of this entry »


    Lord’s Day profaners suffer fatal accidents

    September 2nd, 2012

    SOCIAL HISTORY: stories of life and times in Canada past

    When a youth drowned in Toronto’s bay, the Upper Canada Gazette, July 7, 1825 said in effect that it was his own fault for not being in church on Sunday, as with other Sunday fatalities. Read the rest of this entry »