Collection MSG 1152 - Saint Helen's Island Collection

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Saint Helen's Island Collection

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CA RBD MSG 1152

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  • 1879; 1988 (Creation)

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1 cm of textual records

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Purchased for Rare Books and Special Collections from Warren Baker, Montreal, in September, 2017.

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Collection consists of three items relating to Saint Helen's Island (Île Sainte-Hélène), located southeast of the Island of Montreal in the Saint Lawrence River. The items relate to the island's military installations, built as defenses for the city of Montreal as a result of the War of 1812 and used as a munitions depot for the British Army and later a garrison, arsenal, and military prison operated by the Canadian Army. Items include a manuscript entitled, "Military Defences. St. Helen's Island - Barons of Longeuil," written by Charles Walkem, August, 1873; "Plan of Isle St. Helens," an undated map on linen paper, with a key pointing out the military installations; and "The Fort, St. Helen's Island," a 4-page pamphlet containing schematics and descriptions of the island's fort as well as a history of the island dating from 1611 to the 1960s. The pamphlet cover photograph features a soldier of the Royal Artillery, Saint Helen's Island Fort, circa 1865. Part of the manuscript document also deals with the hereditary Barony of Longueuil.

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  • English

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Note in ink on manuscript: "Copy of manuscript handed to me by Mr. Walkem (the author), 1879, with a map of St. Helen's Island, also copied."

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Handwriting inverted on verso of each leaf.

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Includes 1 manuscript (35 leaves), 1 pamphlet (26 x 20.5 cm), and 1 colour map (folded ; 41 x 53)

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