'Like a Thread of Gold'. Tracing Alfred Perry’s Lifelong Engagement with Montreal’s Politics of Ethnic Confrontation

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'Like a Thread of Gold'. Tracing Alfred Perry’s Lifelong Engagement with Montreal’s Politics of Ethnic Confrontation
Abstract
Alfred Perry (d. 1900), a proud Tory "loyalist" and captain of the "Hook, Ladder and Hose," a volunteer fire brigade, participated in the ransacking and burning of the Parliament Building on April 25, 1849, then located in Montreal. The building was sacked during a riot following the passage of the Rebellion Losses Bill. Perry later admitted to using the fire brigade's equipment to smash open the doors of the building, and to participating in the ransacking, to assualting the sergeant-at-arms, and (accidently) breaking the gas line that set the building ablase. He went on the become the fire commissioner for Montreal. In 1881, with a group of the city's Protestant clergy and Anglophone citizens, Perry founded the Protestant Hospital for the Insane, later renamed the Verdun Protestant Hospital, then the Douglas Hospital, and in 2006, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.
Book Title
Engaging with Diversity : Multidisciplinary Reflections on Plurality from Quebec
Series
Diversitas
Place
Bruxelles, Belgique
Publisher
Peter Lang
Date
2018
Pages
327-346
Language
en
Citation
Horner, Daniel. “‘Like a Thread of Gold’. Tracing Alfred Perry’s Lifelong Engagement with Montreal’s Politics of Ethnic Confrontation.” In Engaging with Diversity : Multidisciplinary Reflections on Plurality from Quebec, edited by Stéphan Gervais, Raffaele Iacovino, and Mary Anne Poutanen, 327–346. Diversitas. Bruxelles, Belgique: Peter Lang, 2018.
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