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The Victoria Bridge in Montreal in the 19th Century

This selection of approximately 170 images documents the construction and inauguration of the Victoria Bridge in Montreal in the mid-19th century. It includes photographs, prints, paintings, plans and archival documents.

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  • Photographs of the construction of the bridge taken by William Notman, engravings made from these photographs;
  • Portraits of those who took part in the building of the bridge;
  • Plans of the bridge and its components, machines and equipment used during its construction, and drawings and sketches related to the water flow and ice build-up in the St. Lawrence River;
  • Archival documents, photographs and paintings on the celebrations linked to the inauguration of the bridge;
  • Photographs and engravings of the finished bridge.

 

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Victoria Bridge, Plan of Piers Nos. 10 and 15, 1859 (M15934.84)

Print
Victoria Bridge, Plan of Piers Nos. 10 and 15, 1859
W. O. Gooding
1860, 19th century
M15934.84

Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada, gentleman's ticket for inauguration of the Victoria Bridge by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, 25th August 1860 (M14329)

Print
Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada, gentleman's ticket for inauguration of the Victoria Bridge by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, 25th August 1860
1860, 19th century
M14329

James Hodges, engineer to the contractors for Victoria Bridge, Montreal, QC, 1865 (I-17906.1)

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James Hodges, engineer to the contractors for Victoria Bridge, Montreal, QC, 1865
William Notman (1826-1891)
1865, 19th century
I-17906.1