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Military Maneuvers: Remembering the Fort Osborne Barracks

There have been a variety of Fort Osborne’s in Winnipeg.

The very first opened in 1873, along the banks of the Assiniboine River. A wooden fort, much like Fort Garry and Fort Gibraltar, it sat on the lot that would one day become home to the Manitoba Legislature. The Fort's wooden structures would be torn down and replaced as Winnipeg grew – though the Fort remained on in the same location well into the First World War. It was here that the Royal Canadian Mounted Battalion, Lord Strathcona’s Horse and Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry would congregate and train during the early years of the war effort.

A sketch of the original Fort Osborne in 1873.
Source: Toronto Public Library Digital Collection.

As concerns mounted about “enemy aliens” in Canada over the course of the First World War, the government of Canada began utilizing Fort Osborne as a processing station for the thousands of Germans and Ukrainians who were sent to internment camps in the 1910s. Known as the W…

The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike: Russell Sedition Trial

As 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, Heritage Winnipeg is commemorating the year by looking back at the events during this tumultuous period of history that helped shape our city. This article is part of a series of guest posts reflecting on the some of the places that bore witness to the Strike and the events leading up to it.  Read the previous blogs in this series:   Walker Theatre Meeting Sets the Stage Population Growth and the Canadian Pacific Railway Station The Western Labour Conference in Calgary Breaking Point - Contract Negotiations Stall  The Strike Shuts Down Winnipeg Veterans Protest With and Against the Strike Specials and Strikers Riot
Bloody Saturday
November 1919, Court House:

When the Strike ended, the police and legal officials had eight men out on bail (Armstrong, Bray, Heaps, Ivens, Johns, Queen, Pritchard, Russell) and four men in jail (Charitonoff, Schoppelrie, Alamazoff, Verenchuk) but were not sure what to do with them.

The men had…