Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada
A register of deceased persons at sea and on Grosse Île in 1847
by André Charbonneau and Doris Drolet-Dubé
Register of deceased persons at sea and on Grosse Île in 1847© Parks Canada
This Register lists the names of emigrants, employees and sailors who died and were buried on Grosse Île in 1847, as well as emigrants who died at sea during the crossing of the North Atlantic or aboard ships in quarantine at Grosse Île.
The names of 8 308 victims were gathered from various archival sources. Their descendants, along with historians and genealogists, will find in this book a wealth of information difficult to obtain previously.
Illustrations, tables and a short presentation provide further details on that tragic summer.
120 pages, 2 maps, 8 illustrations, 4 tables
$16.95 ISBN 0-660-16877-4
1847, Grosse Île: a record of daily events
by André Charbonneau and André Sévigny
The day-to-day account of the sad events that took place in 1847 on Grosse Île.© Parks Canada
Written as a chronicle, this book makes accessible to the general public the day-to-day account of the sad events that took place in 1847 on Grosse Île. This island in the St. Lawrence River was the quarantine station for the Port of Québec which saw more than 90 000 emigrants, mostly Irish, arrive during that tragic summer. More than 5 000 were buried on Grosse Île in 1847. This record of daily events gives a detailed description of the administrative measures taken by the authorities to deal with the influx of such a large number of emigrants in deplorable conditions of disease and misery. It records the arrivals and departures of ships and gives weekly accounts of the sick and the dead.
Priests, doctors, sailors, and the emigrants themselves are called upon to give first-hand accounts of what happened in 1847. Extracts from newspapers recall the perception of events from the point of view of some representatives of the local community.
Excerpt from the diary of an Irish Emigrant
344 pages, 321 tables, 34 b/w and colour illustrations, 4 maps
$29.95 ISBN 0-660-16878-2
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