VIEW-3375 | Sydney, Cape Breton, NS, 1901

Sydney, Cape Breton, NS, 1901
Wm. Notman & Son
1901, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cityscape (3948) , harbour (624) , Photograph (77678) , view (1387)
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This 1901 photograph shows a part of the city of Sydney. In October of that year a large fire ravaged several parts of the downtown area. This photo was probably taken some time before the fire.

The city of Sydney is located in Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Cape Breton Island. In the 19th century Sydney was the administrative centre for the island and the heart of one of the richest coal veins in eastern Canada. In the early 20th century the city experienced rapid development, notably after the opening in 1901 of the biggest and most modern iron foundry in Canada. The iron industry attracted large numbers of workers from Europe and other parts of Nova Scotia, making Sydney a very cosmopolitan city.