What was life like in Oshawa 100 years ago? Explore the city’s gracious past though these photos from the Thomas Bouckley Collection at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
You may have lived in a home like this, which still stands at the corner of Bagot and Centre Streets, across from the McLaughlin Branch of the Oshawa Public Library.
If you were wealthy, you would have enjoyed quiet moments in your own private library, like this one that was located at 152 King Street East.
These were your office buddies…
Or maybe your workplace looked more like this…
In your spare time, you belonged to the tennis club at Prospect Park, where Parkwood Estate is now located.
You enjoyed leisurely summer afternoons at the Oshawa Yacht Club.
If you were a young lady, you may have attended this school in the area now known as College Hill.
Or this school, called Bishop Bethune College, located where Village Union Public School now stands.
If you lived in a new house in the fast-growing “North” Oshawa area, you likely attended Oshawa High School on Simcoe Street.
If you were an orphan, you likely lived in the childrens’ shelter. A new shelter was built soon after this photo was taken, and still stands today. (photo courtesy of the Oshawa Public Library).
What do you think about life in Oshawa 100 years ago? Let us know in the comments!