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"Bayside" looking west from Whitby Harbour, c.1880 
Image  c.1880,   A black and white photograph of the Whitby Harbour. A home known as "Bayside" can be seen on the west side of the Harbour. A boat can be seen in the water. "Bayside" was the property of William Gordon from 1838 to 1888. From 1888 until 1912, the farm was the home of John Smith. In 1912, the...
"Bayside" home 
Image  c.1880,   A black and white photograph of "Bayside" house. There are six unidentified people on the veranda of the house. The brick house in this photograph was built in 1855, and demolished in 1978. "Bayside" was the property of William Gordon from 1838 to 1888. From 1888 until 1912 the farm was the...
Joshua Crawforth Smith & Emma Stirtevant, December 7, 1892 
Image  7 December 1892  A cabinet card of Joshua Crawforth Smith and Emma Stirtevant on their wedding day, December 7, 1892, in Whitby, Ontario. Joshua Crawforth Smith was born 31 May 1870 at "Bayside" in Port Whitby, Ontario. He married Emma Stirtevant (1873-1927) on 7 December 1927. They had two children: William...
"Bayside" house with several people on the steps and on the porch 
Image  c.1896,   A black and white photograph of "Bayside" house. On the porch are: Joshua Crawforth, Ann Lydia Smith, Mary Adella Smith, Mary (Mrs. William) Thorndyke. On the steps are: Emma (Mrs. Joshua C.) Smith, Joshua Crawforth Smith. In front of the porch are: Susan Lucetta Smith, William Mark Smith,...
Barn Raising at "Bayside" 
Image  c.1901,   A black and white photograph of "Bayside" barn, located North of "Bayside" house. This picture shows the framework of the barn in the early stages of construction. The "Bayside" property was owned by William Gordon from 1838 to 1888. From 1888 until 1912, the farm was the home of John Smith. In...
John Smith's Barn at "Bayside" 
Image  August 1901,   A black and white photograph of "Bayside" barn, located north of "Bayside" house. This picture shows the completed barn. Several unidentified people are standing outside the barn and there is also a horse outside the barn. The "Bayside" property was owned from 1838 to 1888 by William Gordon. From...
Traveling Derrick at Building of Hospital 
Image  1913,   A black and white photograph of a traveling derrick on a narrow gauge railway. In the background are piles of pre-cast tile blocks. The men with the horses are: Harry "PUD" Watson and John Ridgley. The traveling derrick was used to transport materials during the building of the hospital.
Dormitories for Prisoners during building of Ontario Hospital Whitby (later known as Whitby Psychiatric Hospital), 1913 
Image  June 25, 1913,   A black and white photograph of dormitories built on the lake shore adjacent to Whitby harbour. These dormitories were for prisoners from the Guelph Reformatory who built the Ontario Hospital at Whitby from 1913 to 1916. This picture was printed in the Gazette and Chronicle newspaper on June 25,...
Carpenters at Ontario Hospital Whitby, c.1914 
ImageMysteries:  c.1914,   A black and white photograph of carpenters at Ontario Hospital Whitby. From 1917-1919 this facility was used as a Military Convalescent Hospital. Bottom Right: Recreation Hall, Military Hospital, Whitby, Ont., Canada.
Ontario Hospital Carpenters, c.1914 
ImageMysteries:  c.1914,   A black and white photograph of a group of carpenters gathered in front of one of the Ontario Hospital buildings. These were some of the carpenters who built the hospital.
Carpenters at Ontario Hospital Whitby, c.1914 
ImageMysteries:  c.1914,   A black and white photograph of a group of carpenters gathered in front of one of a shed at the Ontario Hospital. These were some of the carpenters who built the hospital.
Louis Northam Operating a Tractor in front of Cottages at Ontario Hospital Whitby, c.1915 
Image  c.1915,   A black and white photograph of Louis Northam standing on an early model of a gasoline powered tractor. Behind him are the new cottages of the hospital. Louis Northam was a builder from Whitby.
Louis Northam on a tractor in front of Ontario Hospital Whitby, c.1915 
Image  c.1915,   A black and white photograph of Louis Northam sitting on an early model of a gasoline powered tractor. Behind him are the new cottages of the hospital. Louis Northam was a builder from Whitby.
Workers with Concrete Mixer, Ontario Hospital Whitby, c.1916 
Image  c.1916,   A black and white photograph of construction workers with a concrete mixer and steam boiler in the field north of Ontario Hospital Whitby.
Train at Ontario Hospital, c.1916 
Image  c.1916,   A black and white photograph of a Toronto street car converted into a railway locomotive. This view shows the locomotive behind one of the cottages at Ontario Hospital Whitby. This locomotive ran on a track between the Whitby Junction Station and the Ontario Hospital Whitby. The tracks were...
Man Standing in Front of Cottages, Ontario Hospital Whitby, c.1916 
Image  c.1916,   A black and white photograph of an unidentified man standing in a field of dirt in front of the cottages. There are horses pulling a plow at right. The land is not sodded.
Unidentified Man Standing in Front of Infirmary, Ontario Hospital Whitby, c.1916 
Image  c.1916,   A black and white photograph of an unidentified man standing in front of the infirmary at Ontario Hospital Whitby. The land has not yet been sodded.
Cooks at Ontario Hospital Whitby, c.1916 
Image  c.1916,   A black and white photograph of two unidentified cooks standing behind the dining hall at the Ontario Hospital.
Train to Ontario Hospital Whitby, c.1916 
Image  c.1916,   A black and white photograph of the train to Ontario Hospital Whitby. This view is looking south from the Whitby Junction Station with the Grand Trunk Railway tracks in the foreground. At left is where Byron Street meets the tracks in front of the station. This railway locomotive and converted...
Cottage Under Construction, Ontario Hospital Whitby, c.1916 
Image  c. 1916,   A black and white photograph of a front view of a cottage at the Ontario Hospital while it is still under construction.
View from Recreation Hall, Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
Image  1917,   A black and white photograph of the undeveloped land between the recreation hall at Ontario Hospital Whitby and Lake Ontario. The pavilion and administration buildings were built on this land between 1921 and 1925.
North West View from Recreation Hall at Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
Image  1917,   A black and white photograph of the power house and ice house at the north end of the complex of hospital buildings. At right is the Whitby Harbour basin.
Eastern View from Recreation Hall, Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
Image  c.1917,   A black and white photograph of the orchard and former John Smith farm with Whitby Harbour in the background. At left is the John Smith barn built in 1901. At right is the "Bayside" home built in 1855 and demolished in 1978. In 1963, a school of nursing was built on this site. The "Bayside" home...
Infirmary and Dining Hall at Military Convalescent Hospital, c.1917 
Image  c.1917,   A black and white photograph of the the infirmary. This picture was during the time when the Military Convalescent Hospital was in operation.
Infirmary and Dining Hall at Military Convalescent Hospital, c.1917 
Image  c.1917,   A black and white photograph of the the infirmary. This picture was during the time when the Military Convalescent Hospital was in operation.
Soldiers Moving In, Military Convalescent Hospital, c.1917 
Image  c.1917,   A black and white photograph of soldiers moving into one of the cottages at the Military Convalescent Hospital. From 1917 to 1919 the facilities were used as a military convalescent hospital for soldiers wounded in the First World War.
Buildings at Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
Image  c.1917,   A black and white photograph of the Military Convalescent Hospital buildings during the final stages of construction in the summer of 1917. The view is looking north-west from the recreation hall.
Soldiers at Military Convalescent Hospital, c.1917 
Image  c.1917,   A black and white photograph of some of the soldiers sitting on the front steps of a cottage at the Ontario Hospital. This photograph was taken when the hospital was used by the military as a convalescent hospital from 1917 to 1919.
Nurses at Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
ImageComments:Mysteries:  1917,   A black and white photograph of eight nurses seated in two rows on the steps of one of the cottages at the military convalescent hospital.
Soldiers and Nurses at Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
ImageMysteries:  1917,   A black and white photograph of nurses and soldiers seated on the steps of one of the cottages at the military convalescent hospital.
Officers at Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
ImageMysteries:  1917,   A black and white photograph of two military officers standing on the steps of one of the cottages at the military hospital. The Military Hospital later became known as Ontario Hospital Whitby and then became known as Whitby Psychiatric Hospital, a mental health facility in Whitby, Ontario. Only...
Group of Unidentified Soldiers and a Nurse at the Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
ImageMysteries:  1917,   A black and white photograph of a nurse and eleven unidentified soldiers on the steps of one of the cottages at the military hospital. The Military Hospital later became known as Ontario Hospital Whitby and then became known as Whitby Psychiatric Hospital, a mental health facility in Whitby,...
Vernon Storey and Commanding Officer, Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
Image  1917,   A black and white photograph of Vernon Storey, a soldier at the military hospital, and Captain Arthur Wright, commanding officer of the hospital, standing on the steps of one of the cottages.
Recreation Hall and Cottages looking west from roof of Power House, Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
Image  1917,   A black and white photograph of the Military Convalescent Hospital (later known as Ontario Hospital Whitby) looking west from the roof of the power house on the west side of Gordon Street. At left is the recreation hall. The recreation hall was built in 1917.
Recreation Hall, Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
Image  1917,   A black and white photograph of the Recreation Hall at Military Convalescent Hospital shortly after its completion. The red tile blocks of which it was constructed, can clearly be seen. The recreation hall was built specially for the military forces at the hospital during the First World War. ...
Recreation Hall Under Construction, Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
Image  1917,   A black and white photograph of the construction of the Recreation Hall at the Military Convalescent Hospital. The recreation hall was built specially for the soldiers in 1917 when the hospital was a military convalescent facility. Some time after this photograph was taken, stucco was put over...
View of Harbour from Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
Image  1917,   A black and white photograph of a view looking east from the Recreation Hall at the Ontario Hospital, Whitby. The orchard in front is part of John Smith's Bayside farm. The Ontario Hospital was built in 1917. The barn at left is the site of the new nurses' residence, built in 1961-63 and...
Cottages, Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
Image  1917,   A black and white photograph of the Ontario Hospital cottages looking west from the roof of the recreation hall. The recreation hall was built at the hospital in 1917. The lawns were not yet sodded and there is a man with a team of horses grading the road in the foreground.
Soldiers with musical instruments on stage at Military Convalescent Hospital, c.1917 
ImageMysteries:  c.1917,   A black and white photograph of the Military Convalescent Hospital band, shown on the stage of the recreation hall. The Ontario Hospital was used as a military convalescent hospital from 1917 to 1919. The recreation hall was built in 1917.
Recreation Hall under construction at the Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
Image  1917,   A black and white photograph of the recreation hall at the Military Convalescent Hospital. Scaffolding can be seen along the north wall. The recreation hall was built in 1917 for soldiers. Bottom Left: NEW THEATRE, MILITARY CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL, WHITBY, ONT.
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Ontario Hospital / Military Convalescent Hospital


This group contains photographs of the mental health facilities in Whitby, Ontario prior to 1949. The photos contained within this group detail: construction progress at Ontario Hospital at Whitby; construction workers and construction equipment; construction progress at the Military Convalescent Hospital; soldiers at the Military Convalescent Hospital; a visit by the Duke of Devonshire; theatre stage performances at the hospital; interior and exterior views of the hospital facilities and site, including some aerial views; portrait photographs of physicians who worked at the hospital; and group portraits of graduates from the School of Nursing.