This book, SUDBURY -A Retrospective View, comprises of a series of images that show the evolution of our City over the years. I felt compelled to produce this sequel,after my original book SUDBURY, developed in 1994, completely sold out and I couldn’t find any publication that has been reproduced to replace it. In the past 20 years, I have learned of and located many “new” images, many of which have not been seen in many years. When speaking with friends and colleagues of the need for a second book, I realized that many had no knowledge of where these older buildings had been located since they had been demolished. The section titled CHANGE I believe is a novel way to present photographs of yore and compare them to sites of today. Perhaps the largest change in our City was the 1968 Urban Renewal-Borgia Project. The scope and nature of this endeavour involved 59 acres in the downtown core that was demolished and rebuilt. With this,the historical nature and character of Sudbury was forever changed. I hope you enjoy this anthology …
Over the years, I have witnessed the growth and development of my City – Sudbury – from a fledgling isolated settlement to its current day grandeur. Many of the recollections I have as a youngster growing up and through my adult life, as a teacher, principal and politician are captured in this book and bring back fond memories. Viewed today, this City, as revealed in this book, has undergone a metamorphosis that at times is astounding.
In our vast collection of memories, we often try to remember what building was located where or how a certain street looked back in the 1930s and 1940s. This is the appeal of SUDBURY- A Retrospective View. Everyone will be able to connect with the past, observe the present and hopefully envision the future!
Ray Thoms and I have been friends for many years. Our friendship began in our early careers as teachers working in Sudbury with young learners. This experience enriched our lives. The spectrum of research found in the various collections Ray worked with will astound you and present our City from its humble beginnings as a small mining town to its current 21st Century look. From the Donovan to the Azilda-Chelmsford area, and the West End to New Sudbury, many have wondered about the changes from then to now. The CHANGE section is fascinating and will perhaps raise many more questions in our minds.
SUDBURY- A Retrospective View … is a sequel to Ray’s popular coffee table book SUDBURY published in 1994. This book was extremely well received and many still attest to the fact that it was the quintessential pictorial historical rendition of Sudbury’s evolution. I am certain this sequel will captivate you as it did me!
I am honored to present to you SUDBURY- A Retrospective View by Ray Thoms who in my estimation has produced a book that will be treasured by many, young and old. Relive Sudbury through the changes as depicted in the photos. Try and picture yourself in the “old” days and find yourself in “today”.