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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Happy 135th birthday, Brandon, Manitoba: 1934 film footage!


On May 30, 1882, the bill to incorporate the the City of Brandon was read a third time and passed by the Manitoba Legislature. Happy 135th !

Many years ago, I used to do a lot of work in Brandon and took an interest in its built history. I was hoping for the 135th birthday to pump out a number of the posts that have remained in my draft folder for one reason or another. I didn't quite get to them but they will be posted soon ! Below are links to previous Brandon history posts I have done.

A few need updating as I now have access to the Brandon Sun's archives and can make additions or correction. That, too, I will get to shortly!

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivevideo85231

For the 135th birthday, I thought I would post something rather interesting: 1934 film footage of the city! Its part of the Digney Family Fonds at the City of Burnaby Archives.

Digney, a theatre owner from Carberry, was the owner of Brandon's Oak Theatre from 1931 to 1935. The theatre went on to be the Towne and vacated in 1998.

This may be showing a contest held at the theatre where a Shetland pony was given away as a prize, (more about that in a nearly completed blog post!)

Unfortunately, most of their family films were shot after they moved to B.C. but there are a couple that show glimpses of Brandon. Check it out !

Here are some of my previous Brandon history posts:

The Strand Theatre's 100th birthday gift West End Dumplings
Taking a Strand Winnipeg Free Press column
Brandon's deadliest blaze Winnipeg Free Press column
Manitoba's Worst Train Disasters: Brandon, 1916 West End Dumplings
Deadly day in Brandon Winnipeg Free Press column
 (also see my updated Winnipeg Free Press column about the tragedy)
Brandon's first WWI Casualty West End Dumplings
Going off the rails Winnipeg Free Press column

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