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Remembering the Forgotten: Archaeology at the Morrissey WW1 Internment Camp

Author(s): Sarah E. Beaulieu

Year: 2015

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Summary

Many Canadians are aware of the Japanese Internment Camps from WWII; however, very few are aware of the concentration camps that Canada built during WWI. Between 1914-1920, Canada arrested and interned 8549 Austro-Hungarians, Germans and Turks and interned them across Canada. Morrissey Internment Camp is situated in the abandoned coal-mining town of Morrissey, British Columbia and housed a population of 3-400 prisoners between 1915-1918. In 1954, the Canadian government destroyed most of the internment records, claiming lack of space, and consequently very little is known about Canada’s first internment operations. As a result, the archaeologist becomes a unique steward of internment history, contributing information lacking in the fragmented historical record. Today, the local population refers to the Morrissey Internment Camp as a local retreat that housed destitute foreigners during the Great War. My research examines how perceptions of the Morrissey Internment Camp have evolved over the past century.


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Remembering the Forgotten: Archaeology at the Morrissey WW1 Internment Camp. Sarah E. Beaulieu. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433748)


Keywords

General
Internment Memory World War I

Geographic Keywords
Canada North America

Temporal Keywords
World War I


Spatial Coverage

min long: -141.003; min lat: 41.684 ; max long: -52.617; max lat: 83.113 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 588

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America