Gatineau, January 26, 2012 — Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce that a new set of images featuring the Honourable Alexander Mackenzie is now available on Flickr at:
Mackenzie was born in Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland, on January 28, 1822. At the age of 13, after his father’s death, he left school to help support his family. To compensate for his lack of formal learning, he devoted much of his adult life to the independent study of literature, history, science, philosophy and politics. In 1842, he immigrated to Canada to be with his future wife, Helen Neil.
The ambitious Mackenzie became leader of the Liberal Party (formerly the Reform Party) in 1873. In the same year, the Liberals informed the press of scandalous dealings between the Conservative Party and the contractors building the Canadian Pacific Railway. Soon after, the Conservatives were defeated in a general election and Mackenzie became Canada’s second prime minister, holding office from 1873 to 1878.
Other LAC image sets on Flickr document the contributions of Canadians who served in the First World War, Irish immigration to Canada, and immigration and quarantine facilities at Grosse Île. These images showcase different periods in Canadian history, which have shaped the multicultural and modern Canada we know today.
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