Press photograph of barbed wire barricade at Petawawa Internment Camp, ca. 1940
Press photograph (silver gelatin) of barbed wire barricade at Petawawa Internment Camp, ca. 1940.
Built in 1904, Petawawa first served as a military training base. During World War I it functioned as an internment camp for German and Austrian Canadians. In 1939, the camp was used for the internment of enemy aliens. German, Italian and Japanese Canadians were held there at different times during the war. The majority of Italian Canadians from central and eastern Canada were sent to Petawawa in June 1940 until July 1942, when the remaining internees were transferred to Fredericton Internment Camp. Petawawa is an active Canadian military base today.
Press photograph is from the March of Time film Canada at War. Time Inc's newsreel series, "The March of Time®" ran from 1935-1967. It appears this image was created in early 1940, as the episode "Canada at War" aired in March 1940.