Transcript of podcast episode 62
Josée Arnold (JA): Hello, Discover Library and Archives Canada podcast listeners. I’m Josée Arnold, your host. 2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. Due to the current circumstances, we haven’t been able to release much new content. But rest assured that the podcast team continues to work on new episodes that showcase the amazing items in our collection and the fascinating stories behind them. We don’t have an official release date for our new episodes just yet, but we wanted to give you a quick rundown on some of the things we have planned for the upcoming months.
During the First World War, more than 3,000 women volunteered with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. This force was created by Canada for service overseas, with nurses working as fully enlisted officers in the specifically created all-female rank of Nursing Sister. Nicknamed “bluebirds” because of their blue uniforms and white veils, Canada’s Nursing Sisters saved lives by caring for wounded and sick soldiers, working near the battlefields under extremely difficult conditions. With their dedication to their work, their country and, most importantly, their patients, they won the affection of thousands of Canadian soldiers, the gratitude of soldiers’ families, and public respect for the role they played during the war. Stay tuned for this heartfelt episode about Canadian Nursing Sisters.
"This is the Avro Arrow, Canada’s entry into the supersonic era. Within the short span of four years, the Arrow was brought from initial design to the start of the development flight program. "
The Avro Arrow was one of the most advanced aircraft of its era and had the potential to establish Canada as a world leader in scientific research and development. However, the production of the aircraft was ultimately cancelled, which eventually put A.V. Roe Canada out of business. During this two-part episode, we will be highlighting the importance of the Avro Arrow in Canadian history by discussing its evolution, from dream to dust, and delving into the many theories as to why the Arrow project was cancelled—all this through the examination of the extensive material in LAC’s collection.
We hope you will join us for these upcoming episodes! While we are preparing exciting new podcast content for you, we invite you to check out LAC’s blog and Flickr gallery to read our most recent articles and view our latest albums.
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Supersonic Sentinel - The Story of the Avro Arrow, 1958
Avro Aircraft Limited
Wilfred Austin Curtis fonds/ISN 154953
All music in this episode from
Blue Dot Sessions.