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Vintage Postcard of Sherbrooke’s Historic Tramway

This is a historic view of Melbourne Street in Sherbrooke, Quebec.  Note the tramway in the background which was a symbol of modernity when it began running in 1889. The trams were replaced by buses in 1931.

traditional tramways | Sherbrooke Quebec | history of Quebec

Sherbrooke was first settled by Loyalists (English-speaking Americans who fled the U.S. after the War of Independence) and is located in what was known historically as the Eastern Townships.


Related Posts:

Vintage Postcards of Quebec

Further Reading:

Transit History of Sherbrooke, Quebec

September 10, 2009 - Posted by | . | ,


  1. I wonder whether those kids are waiting to get on the tram or if they are just there to watch it.


    Comment by postcardy | September 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. I wonder what their toy is. Some sort of pull cart? Or pulled by dogs as in one of your previous posts?


    Comment by Viridian | September 11, 2009 | Reply

  3. Looks like they took the phrase “love it or leave it” literally. Is “fled” an accurate characterization? I’m not aware of any backlash (from a historical perspective) against Loyalists but, then again, it’s the victors who write the history.


    Comment by Chris Overstreet | September 12, 2009 | Reply

    • You are partially correct. Many left because they preferred to live under British rule/influence. However, many had to leave because they had openly taken side with the British and were – understandably – considered enemies of the new United States of America.
      This created a very strange anomaly in Quebec because these Protestant English-speakers who were very loyal to the British Crown established a “beach-head” so to speak in Catholic, French-speaking Quebec. Therefore the British authorities actually encouraged them to come up to Quebec.
      Eastern Townships Link:

      “The reasons were as varied as the people themselves, but primary reasons were either loyalty to the King and unwillingness to rebel against the Crown, or the belief in peaceful and evolutionary independence (as occurred in Canada under the impetus of the resettled U.S. Loyalists). As Daniel Bliss of Concord, Mass (who later became a Chief Justice of New Brunswick) stated, “Better to live under one tyrant a thousand miles away, then a thousand tyrants one mile away.” Many Loyalist refugees made the difficult overland trek into Canada after losing their place, property, and security during the Revolution. The Loyalists, many of whom helped found America from the early 1600’s, left a well-armed population hostile to the King and his loyalist subjects to build the new nation of Canada. The motto of New Brunswick, created out of Nova Scotia for loyalist settlement, is “Hope Restored.”


      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | September 12, 2009 | Reply

  4. I’m late this week, and missed Marie’s by a day. I’ll be back, because as you can see by my name – I’m from your neck of the woods! I am related to the first Dube to come to America.


    Comment by Dave Dubé | September 12, 2009 | Reply

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