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The Victorian Order of Nurses

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VON

In the 1930s, two tiny sisters, barely five feet tall, Dorothy and Grace Connor of Belleville, Ontario donned the distinctive uniform with its starched white collar and cuffs of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). For the next 30 years, they carried their black leather bags and knocked on doors to provide health care to hundreds of patients in their homes. Read More

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Picton Homes Redux

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Picton, red brick, renovations, restoration, Prince Edward County

Photography by Daniel Vaughan When Bad Things Happen to Good Houses Appreciating our built heritage is easy. Preserving it is another matter. The subject of heritage listing and designation arises – often too late – when a significant older building is demolished or renovated beyond recognition. The Ontario Heritage Act came into effect in 1975;… Read More

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Deep Roots at Dorland Farms

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The black and white 1858 photo is a family treasure. It shows a fine brick house under construction, workers frozen for the long exposure, standing on a wide plank girding the tall second storey. Other men pose casually on the hip roof, or lean against the wide chimney. Below, men and boys, a dog, and a team of horses wait to resume work. Read More