Growing Up in Oshawa 100 Years Ago

What was life like for children in Oshawa 100 years ago? Check out these historic photos from the Thomas Bouckley Collection at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and the Oshawa Public Libraries Heritage Collection:

The Harmony Swimming Hole was a popular destination for cooling off on hot summer days…

As was the beach at Lakeview Park, which back then was referred to as Oshawa-on-the-Lake.

 

 

The local chaps would have fun riding their Penny Farthing…

 

 

Or maybe they practised camping skills with the Boys Brigade, an organization similar to the Boy Scouts…

 

 

School Field Day meant a day of games at Alexandra Park…

 

 

But there was always time for a quick snack between events under the watchful eye of the teachers…

 

 

At the end of Field Day, you would have walked back to school, which might have looked like this one on Mary Street…

 

The young ladies who attended private school, like Bishop Bethune College, would have practised their dance skills…

 

Neighbourhood kids would have fun with whatever was available…

 

The gang would get together for a day in the snow….

 

And when they got tired of sleds, they’d head to the hockey rink…

Want to explore more historic photos of Oshawa? Check out the online collections at the RMG and the Oshawa Public Libraries.