Whitby Online Historic Photographs Collection

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.

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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" 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...
"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...
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,...
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.
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.
Carpenter Shop at Military Convalescent Hospital, 1918 
ImageMysteries:  1918,   A black and white photograph of unidentified men in the Military Convalescent Hospital carpenter shop. The carpenter shop was established at the military convalescent hospital as therapy for the soldiers during the period of 1917 to 1919.
Recreation Room at Military Convalescent Hospital, 1918 
Image  1918,   A black and white photograph of unidentified soldiers gathered around a pool table in a recreation room of one of the Military Convalescent Hospital cottages. The hospital was a convalescent home for First World War soldiers from 1917 to 1919. Bottom Left Corner: RECREATION ROOM, MILITARY...
Physical Training for Soldiers at Military Convalescent Hospital, 1918 
Image  1918,   A black and white photograph of unidentified soldiers doing physical exercises. In the background is the old John Smith barn. The hospital was a convalescent home for soldiers of the Great War from 1917 to 1919. This picture was taken looking east from one of the cottages. Bottom Left Corner:...
Dormitory, Military Convalescent Hospital, 1918 
Image  c.1918,   A black and white photographic postcard of a dormitory in one of the annex buildings when it was occupied by soldiers during the First World War. The hospital was a convalescent home for First World War soldiers from 1917 to 1919. There were two annex buildings at the hospital and they were...
Interior of Infirmary, Military Convalescent Hospital, 1918 
Image  1918,   A black and white photograph of the inside of the infirmary at the Military Convalescent Hospital. The nurse in charge is nursing sister MacDonald. The soldier in the wheel-chair is Mr. Lambe. The soldier beside the nurse at right is named Cunningham and the third soldier from the right is named...
Military Convalescent Hospital Train, 1918 
ImageMysteries:  1918,   A black and white photograph of the train which ran on a spur line from the Whitby Junction Station to the Military Convalescent Hospital. The railway car behind the engine is a converted Toronto Streetcar. This railway was built to bring visitors to the hospital when it was used by the Military...
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.
Several Unidentified Solders on the Steps of a Cottage at the Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
ImageMysteries:  March 1917,   A black and white photograph of soldiers standing on the steps of one of the cottages at the Military Convalescent Hospital. This photo was published in The Toronto Sunday World, April 1, 1917 Bottom: Returned soldiers who are studying at the Whitby, Ont, Military Convalescent Hospital to become...
Female Students at Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
ImageMysteries:  March 1917,   A black and white photograph of women students seated on the steps of one of the cottages at the military Convalescent Hospital. Published in: The Toronto Sunday World, April 1, 1917. Bottom: Women students at the Whitby, Ont., Military Convalescent Hospital, who have volunteered and are learning...
Soldiers at Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
ImageMysteries:  March 1917,   A black and white photograph of a group of patients seated on the veranda of one of the cottages at the Military Convalescent Hospital. As published in The Toronto Sunday World, April 1, 1917. Bottom: A group of patients at the new Whitby Hospital on the veranda of one of the cottages. Here every...
Visit of the Duke of Devonshire, Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
ImageMysteries:  August 31, 1917,   A black and white photograph of troops lined up for inspection by the Governor General. On August 31, 1917, Sir Victor Christian William Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire (who at that time was Governor General of Canada) visited the Military Hospital at Whitby. As published in The Toronto Star...
Soldiers Playing Cards at Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
ImageMysteries:  March 1917,   A black and white photograph of unidentified soldiers playing cards at the Military Convalescent Hospital. As published in Toronto Sunday World, April 1, 1917. Bottom: A friendly game in which several returned soldiers are interested at the Whitby, Ont., Military Convalescent Hospital.
Massage Room at Military Convalescent Hospital, 1917 
ImageMysteries:  March 1917,   A black and white photograph of unidentified soldiers under massage treatment for their ailments at the Military Convalescent Hospital. From The Toronto Sunday World, April 1, 1917. Bottom: In the massage room of the splendid new hospital at Whitby, Ont., three patients undergoing treatment for...
Aerial View of Military Convalescent Hospital Looking West, 1919 
Image  1919,   A black and white aerial photograph of the Whitby Military Convalescent Hospital with the old John Smith farm and the powerhouse in the foreground. In the background is the Lynde Creek. Bottom: WHITBY HOSPITAL, WHITBY, ONT., TAKEN FROM AN AEROPLANE. COPYRIGHT CANADA, 1919. BY CANADIAN POST CARD...
Aerial View of Ontario Hospital Looking South East, 1929 
Image  1929,   A black and white aerial photograph of the Ontario Hospital Whitby and Whitby Harbour.
Aerial View of Ontario Hospital and Whitby Harbour, 1930 
Image  1930,   A black and white aerial photograph of Ontario Hospital Whitby and the Whitby Harbour.
Aerial View of Ontario Hospital Whitby, 1934 
Image  1934,   A black and white aerial photograph of the buildings and road pattern at Ontario Hospital Whitby. From 1917-1919 this facility was the Military Convalescent Hospital.
Recreation Hall at Ontario Hospital Whitby, 1925 
Image  1925,   A black and white photograph of the recreation hall. Built in 1917, the recreation hall was for the use of the soldiers when the hospital was used by the military. In this picture the Recreation Hall is part of the Ontario Hospital Whitby facility.

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