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Historical Significance of the Railway in Western Canada : Student - Printables

Dowload the free lesson and refer to the paintings on this page. Ages: 10-14

Kids Book of Canada's Railway

Historical Significance Lesson Plan

Lesson in PDF   Map - Manitoba Railway, 1888

Paintings by William G. Hobbs  (Used with permission)   
Click images for larger view.

Sidney Railway StationMorden Railway Station

Portage La Prairie Railway Station

 Brandon Railway StationKemnay Railway Station


Historical Thinking skills are from The Historical Thinking Project, Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness, UBC.

Painter, William George Hobbs was a British surgeon in the Royal Navy until his emigration to Canada in 1959. While practicing medicine in rural Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba he fell in love with the prairie landscape and the railway which was so much a part of western expansion. He served as the mayor of Gainsborough, SK in the 1970s. Rembrandt, a little Jack Russell Terrier, often appears in Hobb's paintings, in acknowledgement of the master painter who included a small dog in his painting titled The Night Watch.

From the artist's website:

Most of my life was lived at Killarney Manitoba; from 1927 until 1965. I was always fascinated by those huge C.P.R. engines which passed through town twice a day. We met the 4 PM passenger every Saturday in winter, westbound from Winnipeg carrying the Winnipeg Free Press so to get a quick start home by sleigh in the early darkening winter days. At 5 years old, I could be found firmly planted on the edge of the station platform every Saturday to greet those monster's as it came in. I'm over 80 now. With wonderful memories!  --Mr. Taylor

We love our town painting. The town isn't even there anymore...-- Collector