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War Brides of World War II
Most of the women entered Canada at the famous Pier 21 at Halifax. For the British women, records were not required since they were British Subjects and listings of the women who came are not available. In several provinces the women themselves organized War Bride Associations in order to gather and share information, emotions, and experience.
In Newfoundland there were several "Roses and Thistles" clubs formed by war brides.
Suggested subject headings to use when researching in Libraries
Canada -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century
Barrett, Barbara B. et al. (editors). We Came From Over the Sea: British War Brides in Newfoundland. Portugal Cove, Nfld.: Published by British War Brides Association of Newfoundland and Labrador in co-operation with ES Press, 1996.
Butler, Cheryl A. Janey Canuck: Experiences of World War II British War Brides Who Emigrated to Canada. M.A. Thesis, University of Toronto, 1995. Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1996.
Granfield, Linda. Brass Buttons and Silver Horseshoes : Stories from Canada's War Brides. Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, 2002.
Hibbert, Joyce. The War Brides, Toronto: Peter Martin Associates, 1979.
Jarratt, Melyndahas just published the book "War Brides: The stories of the women who left everything behind to follow the men they loved." The stories of two Newfoundland War Bride are included in this book.
Ladouceur, Barbara and Phyllis Spence (editors). Blackouts to Bright Lights: Canadian War Bride Stories. Vancouver, B.C.: Ronsdale Press, 1995.
O'Hara, Peggy. From Romance to Reality: Stories of Canadian War Brides. Cobalt, ON.: Highway Book Shop, 1985.
Rains, Olga. We Became Canadians. Illustrations by Lloyd Rains. Hyde Park, ON: Overnight Copy Service, 1984.
Shewchuk, Helen (Hall) (editor). If Kisses Were Roses: A 50th Anniversary Tribute to War Brides: Canada Remembers, [Naughton, On]: The Author, 1996.
The War Brides: From Romance to Reality / Ottawa: Kiss the Bride Productions, 2001. Video A one-hour documentary featuring interviews with more than one dozen war brides. (Not based on the book by the same title.)
Wicks, Ben. Promise You'll Take Care of My Daughter: The Remarkable War Brides of World War II. Toronto: Stoddart, 1993.
Stories of Pier 21 -- War Brides.
Canadian War Brides
War Brides in Canada
Project Roots Web site