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Found in 1975 when it beached near Codroy, Newfoundland, the Canadian Museum of Nature’s blue whale underwent quite an aesthetic overhaul to be ready for its May 2010 debut in the museum’s new Water Gallery. This skeleton of the largest animal on Earth is the first to be displayed in Canada, and one of only a few worldwide.
The Four Indian Kings were painted in 1710 by John Verelst, a Dutch artist at the court of Queen Anne of England. The portraits are the earliest full-length oil-paintings of North American Aboriginal peoples.
The walking plough has played an important role in the history of Canadian farming. This Scotch Pattern Walking Plough from the early 1900s is named for its decorative striped design, which originated in the blacksmith shops of Scotland and was imported to Canada by Scottish immigrant farmers and blacksmiths.
Aboriginal Canadians have responded to the call of war, time and time again. In Confederation Park, in downtown Ottawa, a monument honours Aboriginal Canadians who have volunteered in Canada’s armed forces, from the First World War to the present day.
This astrolabe was discovered by Edward Lee, a farmer’s son living near Cobden, Ontario, in 1867. He was clearing trees with a team of oxen when something metallic glinted in the sun, revealing the astrolabe. It is believed by some to have been lost by the explorer Samuel de Champlain, the founder of New France.