These photos were first provided to me about fifteen years ago by Michael Dunn. In 2015 Michael provided me with new, higher-resolution versions of them. They provide a fascinating look at life in Almonte over the past hundred and fifty years or so. A lot of the town hasn’t changed much in that time.
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  • Rich

    Hi! I would like to be able to print a few pics. Is this possible? My Grandfather A. E. Lotan was a butcher on the Mill Street Almonte. e-mail:

    • Brent Eades

      Hi Rich,

      Just noticed your question. To print a photo, right-click on its thumbnail, then select Open Link in New Tab. This will display the photo, which you can then print or save.

  • Dave

    The photo named “29_malcolm” is actual the house at 24 Malcolm Street. It was my grandparents’/mother’s home.

    • Brent Eades

      Thanks Dave. The captions for these photos are as provided to me about 15 years ago by John Dunn. I’ll check into this.

  • Ron

    Fantastic find! The picture of Drury’s Tack Shop. Robert Drury was my great-great-great grandfather.

  • Diane Duncan

    Has this gallery been removed? Would love to see these pictures!

  • C Oo L Chick

    Any history on hugh mcdonald early 1900’s his daughter sarah is my great grandmother.

  • Carolyn Towers Ramsey

    If there are any family connections left in Almonte for the sculptor Robert Tait Mckenzie, I have a photo of a fountain by him. It is titled and signed by the sculptor, who also took the photo, and I would love to get it back to a descendant .

    • Lucy Carleton

      You can contact the Mill of Kintail, home of the R.Tait McKenzie Memorial Museum. They would appreciate a copy of the photo.

      • Carolyn Towers Ramsey

        Thank you for your reply. I would love to find a home for this piece. Would you happen to have access to contact information for the museum?

        • Lucy Carleton

          Contact or telephone 613-256-3610. I volunteer at the museum archives on Tuesdays and would be happy to meet you. We have received a grant to digitize the photos in our collection, and would love to add your photo to the project.

          • Carolyn Towers Ramsey

            OK, there is a little more to the story. I live in Newport News, Virginia, which is where the photo was found by me, given away at a garage sale! I don’t know how it got here, but wonder if the connection has to do with who the fountain is dedicated to, a woman from Pennsylvania. This is a strongly Mennonite historical area, with ties to Pennsylvania but again don’t know if that means anything. Anyway, I would have to send the picture to you. It is about 20 x 24 and in a very old frame with glass. I have photos of the picture though they are not great due to the glass. Perhaps I should contact the Mvc email you provided and attach the photos? Sorry to be so long winded.

          • Lucy Carleton

            Carolyn, why don’t you contact me personally at I’d love to chat with you.

          • Brent Eades

            Hi Lucy,

            I have forwarded an email from Carolyn to Stephanie at the Museum, who was delighted and will be in touch with her.

          • Lucy Carleton


  • camnai

    I remember the lobby of the O’Brien Theatre differently (page 9, 2nd row from bottom, middle). In my memory, the ticket window was to your right as you came in off the street; this picture suggests it was on the left. I’m wondering if the print wasn’t maybe reversed somehow, or (more likely) if the reversal has taken place in my head…

  • jjcoderre

    Does anyone know why the bridge connecting Queen Street to Bridge Street is called the Maclan Bridge? The name captions for the dignitaries in the picture taken at the opening of the bridge in 1926 shows my Grandfather, M.P. Coderre, in the top row, 8th from the left with no hat, with the comment that he “named the bridge”, but no one in my family remembers why he would have called it such. He owned a small grocery store on Bridge Street, directly across from the Old Town Hall but died in 1961 with none of his family still living in Almonte (until we moved here in 2014). There are still townsfolk alive who remember Mickey. Aside from the fact that his store featured bins of cookies and candies, he was rather distintive in that he sported a leather-glove wooden hand; the result of an accident in the Wylie Flannel Mill at the age of 14.

  • Jim Irwin

    Does anyone know the first names of the Comba family in this picture? Richard Comba is my 2 x great grandfather and he died in 1902 so it is not his family. The older gentleman in this photo would most likely be one of his brothers i.e. Charlie, John, Cornelius.

    Jim Irwin

    • Jim Irwin

      Given Cornelius died in 1909, then the older gentleman in the Comba Family picture is likely Charles Comba or possibly John Comba. If it is Charles then the older lady would likely be his wife, Sarah Jane Dunlop.

  • Christopher Nagle

    I know this is a long shot, as this is an incredibly extensive catalogue of photos and an amazing wealth of history and information, but I am interested in finding any information anybody might have specifically pertaining to Farm st. Trying to date my mother’s house, 42 Farm. Thanks in advance, it’s so comforting to see a community that values it’s history!

    • Sarah

      I believe 42 Farm Street is part of Lot 17 in the Baird Section. The Almonte land records record the full lot back to 1877 until 1953. The lot splits in 1955. If your mother was Ms. Nagle, she received the West Half.

  • Kally

    Does anyone happen to have a photo of the old Pontiac Buick dealership on Bridge St across from the legion?

  • m p

    where are the originals? More specifically the postcard of the townhall with steam-train crossing the bridge.

    • Michael Dunn

      I’m the creator of this digital archive. The images came from a number of sources:MVTM, Lacac, immediate family, people i knew others I hounded and people who knew of the project. My job was to scan the pictures and give them back. People were very generous. I tracked one picture down in Ottawa and the lady who’d I never met allowed me to take it home to scan and bring it back.
      Michael Dunn

  • Rebecca Clouatre

    Hello Michael Dunn,

    I am wondering if I can get in touch with you by email or phone to discuss this photo collection. I am working on a project that requires high resolution images. Are the copies on the site the highest res available? You can email me at clouatrerebecca(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thank you,


  • Mary Jane Shepherd Sekerak

    I have just found the info’ on Almonte. I am interested in David Shepherd an early settler. I as a Shepherd and would like to know where in Scotland he was from. My father’s family had roots in Aberdeen area in Dinnett. David is a name in our family. If you could give me any information I’d be grateful. Thank you