Thursday, January 23, 2020

Land And Sky

Going around the church allows the visitor to look in through the windows and see the chancel of St. Onuphrius. 

Quotations of life in the Canadian West are printed on the wall nearby.

Two more views of the sanctuary.

Life for women was changing as one century gave way to another. This elaborate dress is quite Victorian, an availability of the old Eaton company.

But it was also the era of women fighting for their rights. This is best expressed in the Famous Five, the petitioners in the Persons Case. These women activists brought forth a case in courts to get women to be able to serve in the Senate, and by extension entrench the right of women to be seen as persons in their own right.

A statue set of the five women was erected on Parliament Hill and is quite popular with visitors. With the work going on around Centre Block, the set has been removed and re-installed nearby, outside the former main train station, where the Senate is meeting for a few years while the work proceeds.

The second gallery area of the Canadian History Hall comes back out to the hub. The third gallery is up on the upper level, taking a long, winding ramp curving around this area. A physical relief map of Canada is laid out on the floor.


  1. Just how did women sit in those dresses?!
    They tried early to stand up for their rights, great. Took "a while" longer here...

  2. Love the sculpture of the 'Famous Five' William, hopefully they will return to Parliament Hill when the work has finished ✨

  3. I love that map.

    I loved the Eaton catalogue, too. Too bad we didn't keep them. Or knew when the last one would be issued! Like the Sears Christmas catalogue!!!

  4. ...I remember the five women on Parliament Hill.

  5. Interesting to see an angel in the first two pictures. And I am glad to know more about the Famous Five. :-)

  6. Hello, wonderful exhibit. I could never wear those old elaborate dresses. Happy Thursday, enjoy your weekend ahead.

  7. What a fascinating museum. Don't think I've seen one with a church in it before. So much to see.

  8. I'm glad they moved the Famous Five to a safe place.

  9. Neat museum. The five women, I can see why they are popular.

  10. You can walk all the way across Canada in that upper level.

  11. I wonder if the map is true distances, or a flattened Mercator, which makes the northern parts of Canada much bigger than reality on a globe. I've yet to see a true map of Canada, without the strangeness of latitudinal distances stretched out. (Since I've not seen one, I may be describing it wrong as well.)

  12. An excellent job was done to display the church

  13. @Iris: it would have posed a challenge.

    @Grace: I expect they will, but it was a good idea to move them. The alternative would have been to enclose the entire set in scaffolding.

    @Jennifer: yes, the current day Eaton family really screwed up the family legacy.

    @Tom: I'll have to photograph them where they are at present.

    @DJan: thank you.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Fun60: that's true.

    @RedPat: it was the right thing to do.

    @Maywyn: the sculpture set was well done.

    @Sharon: indeed!

    @Barbara: good point.

    @Red: definitely.

  14. That’s quite a bustle on that dress.

  15. Don's want to wear that dress and go shopping, lol ! It's very good that women started to fight for their rights ! Some countries were far behind !

  16. The five Women sculpture is very impressive.

  17. What a wonderful exhibition to visit. I can see why the Five Women sculpture is so popular.

  18. @Marie: it is.

    @Gattina: that's true!

    @Bill: I think so too.

    @Alexandria: it's well liked.

    @Jan: it certainly is.

  19. Nice to see women prominently on display in the Five Women exhibit.

  20. I wonder how fast Victorian women got out of their dresses and into chemise's at the end of the day.

  21. The Famous Five. It was no small matter for women to publicly petition for anything, most of all human rights.

  22. My neighborhood is built on the site of what was a huge world war l training camp.

  23. Impressive 5 Women sculpture and neat post ~ ^_^ ~ grateful for those women!

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  24. I'm so glad they honor those five women.

  25. You have some really interesting places over there, thanks for the tour.

  26. Looks a wonderful exhibition to visit, thank you for these photographs.

    All the best Jan

  27. @Beatrice: it is.

    @Joanne: it would have taken time.

    @Kay: that's true.

    @Janey: I wonder if archaeologists went over the site before building.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Jeanie: me too.

    @Gemel: you're welcome.

    @Jan: a pleasure to do so.