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