Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Rebellion And Responsibility

Picking up from where we left off, here we have more artifacts of settlers from the first part of the 19th century.

The thirty years from 1837-67 would be transformative for Canada. The Rebellions of 1837-38 would change the organizations of the colonies, and then lead towards the move towards responsible self government.

Life in the Canadian colonies changed over the first half of the century, with Montreal very much the driving force of the country.

Artifacts here include a beautiful sleigh.

Across is a portrait of Queen Victoria and a crest that once hung in Montreal.

Out of the failed rebellions came the Durham Report, and the fusing of Upper and Lower Canada, today Ontario and Quebec, into a single legislative entity.

Lord John George Lambton Durham became Governor-General of Canada in 1838 and prepared the report on the fallout of the rebellions.

We conclude today with a portrait of Lord Durham.


  1. Love the sleigh - it is really elegant and stylish.

  2. The furniture looks very "british" of course ! the sleigh looks great !

  3. The sleigh is beautiful! Take care, enjoy your day.

  4. We have a lively, interesting history, don't we?

  5. No he visto nunca un trineo, en mi ciudad es mu raro que nieve y además siempre evitado viajar en invierno a lugares que tengan demasiado frío.

  6. @Rosemary: it is.

    @Gattina: I think so.

    @John: that it is.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @David: yes we do.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Mirada: thank you.

  7. ...responsible self government is something that has been lost here!

  8. This is certainly telling our story, William.

  9. That is quite the sleigh ~ great display ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Well, you know we're all about "rebellion" here in the lower half of North America. :-)

  11. @Tom: at least it's seemed so.

    @Marie: it is.

    @RedPat: that's the idea.

    @Nancy: it is indeed.

    @Sharon: I agree.

  12. @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Bill: very much so.

    @Revrunner: of course.

    @Marleen: definitely.

  13. It was a really tough time in those days.

  14. This is an excellent display. Your new header is excellent, too.

  15. it's a very nice Autumn header photo too.

  16. The lighting in the display cases is terrific.

  17. Wow lots of interesting items, and a stately building! I like the first photo and the lighting. Thanks.