Monday, November 2, 2020

A Country Finding Its Own Course

The panels and displays on World War Two continue here. 

Following the War, in 1949, Confederation expanded when Newfoundland joined the nation. This tapestry shows the island dominion.

It was an initiative spearheaded by Joey Smallwood, the politician who became the premier of the province, and thus considered the final Father of Confederation.

As was the case elsewhere, the post-War years saw much change in society. Display cases here include artifacts reflecting that change. This electric guitar was given to the Museum by Randy Bachman, guitarist for the Canadian rock band The Guess Who.

A photograph of Joan O'Malley is included here. She played a pivotal role in part of the country's direction in the 1960s.

There was at the time a debate about a change to the national flag. O'Malley sewed the three prototypes of the flag for the Prime Minister's consideration.

And this is the machine she sewed them on.

Here is one of the other variants.

This is not one of hers, but a flag sewn by a young Canadian at the time.

This gown, with its red leaves on white, was the work of a diplomat's daughter. Marjorie Gehl wore it to several functions during the centennial year of 1967.


  1. I have always liked the Canadian flag as it is. It's one of the recognizable flags of the world, I think. Three leaves in one flag would have been too much, I presume.

  2. Hello,

    The dress with the leaves is pretty. I like the flag and the guitar, great exhibit. Take care and stay safe! Enjoy your day! Have a great week!

  3. ...the design of your flag is fabulous!

  4. And for most Canadians it has been the only flag they have ever known.

  5. That is so neat! The original sewing machine that made Canada's maple leaf flag.

  6. @Jan: I agree.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Tom: definitely.

    @David: it's the only one I've known.

    @Maywyn: I think so too.

  7. I love the maple leaf flag, and that dress is stunning!

  8. Wonderful Post WWII display ~ great history info about your country's flag ~

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. They seem to cover everything in the museum!

  10. I like to see background stories on important national events like the choosing of a national flag.

  11. Not a girly-girl here, but, wow, I like (to see) that dress!

  12. A wonderful looking flag, I've always liked it.

  13. Nice choice that red maple leaf.
    When I lived in the The Netherlands, a friend who was Canada always wore her Canadian jacket with a big red maple leaf on back. Canada liberated The Netherlands in WWll and she was treated like royalty there.

  14. @DJan: I agree.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @RedPat: they have quite a collection.

    @Red: I like that as well.

    @Iris: it's quite a dress.

    @Bill: I love it too.

    @Janey: Canada and the Netherlands have a very strong bond.

  15. My entire knowledge of Newfoundland is limited to Gandor where I've stopped two or three times on international flights.

  16. The gown with its red leaves on white looks so lovely.

    All the best Jan

  17. I like the design of your flag. Very distinctive.

  18. That gown looks simple and elegant.

  19. I love seeing the artifacts of day to day life. You have the most beautiful flag.

  20. Interesting to read about the evolving changes in society William, the dress is gorgeous 🍁

  21. I had heard of Terry Fox many years ago. The sort of inspiring people our world needs...
    I like the gown with the maple leaves.

  22. @Revrunner: Newfoundland is one province I have not been in.

    @Jennifer: it's quite a collection.

    @Jan: it certainly does.

    @Michelle: it was a good concept.

    @Magiceye: very much so.

    @Joanne: I agree.

    @Jeanie: it's a good one.

    @Grace: thank you!

    @Sami: he left quite a legacy behind.