Immigrants in ‘The Ward’ – an archival look at TORONTO’s most notorious slum

‘The Ward’, formerly St. John’s Ward, occupied several blocks bounded by Bay, University, Queen and College Streets.  It was vast and ugly – largely populated by successive waves of new immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Refugees from the Irish Potato Famine, the Underground Railroad, various European wars and uprisings, Chinese railroad builders all settled here.  For a while, it was home to  TORONTO’s Jewish community.

Picturing Immigrants in the Ward – has opened at the City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road.  Curator – Susan Dobson

Photos of The Ward from City of Toronto Archives.  In two of the pictures, you’ll see Old City Hall.  Parts of the slum occupied what is now Nathan Phillips Square – the forecourt of New City Hall.

WARD2WARD3WARD4WARD7WARD5WARD8WARD9WARD10WARD6<That’s Old City Hall in the background>

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