Town of Mount Royal Archives
Interviews conducted since about 1985 with long-time residents as
part of an ongoing project initiated by the Town and carried out
by university students (Urban Studies). This historical material
gives an overview of life in a new "small town", a suburb of
Montreal, which came into being as a result of a tunnel built
under Mount Royal and opened for regular train service in 1918.
Some of those interviewed were children in the 1920s, some were
newly-married couples, some have been actively involved in
municipal politics, as Alderman or Mayor, and some are former
employees. Includes an interview with R.J.P. Dawson, who was
mayor for 36 years, from the 1950s to the 1980s. When this
project is completed it will give a good idea of what Mount Royal
was like from the 1920s on, sociologically, environmentally, etc.