I-18139.1 | Sir Morton Peto, Montreal, QC, 1865

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Sir Morton Peto, Montreal, QC, 1865
William Notman (1826-1891)
1865, 19th century
Silver salts on paper - Albumen process
8.5 x 5.6 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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Sir Samuel Morton Peto (1809-1889) was a British businessman. Together with Edward Ladd Betts, he secured numerous railroad contracts in England and abroad. With Betts and Thomas Brassey he formed the firm of Peto, Brassey and Betts. In 1852, the provincial government of Canada asked them to carry out a study with a view to collaborating on the establishment of a railway system suitable for the colony. In October of that year, the partners signed a contract for the construction of a line joining Montreal and Toronto. The Victoria Bridge was part of this line.