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This spade commemorates the beginning of the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1905. This was the second transcontinental railway which later became part of the Canadian National Railway.
These rosaries, used to say prayers in the Roman Catholic religion, date from 1919. The beads are believed to have been made from the flowers in Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s funeral wreath.
As Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s accomplishments were on such a scale that he is still remembered today as one of Canada’s greatest political leaders . One of the principal features of Laurier’s vision was a strong sense of national unity. He asserted that “The unity of the people is the secret of the future.” Laurier’s many accomplishments included the beginning of the second and third transcontinental railway, the creation of the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and the creation of the Canadian navy.