Photo postcard of Victoria street Duck Lake Saskatchewan. Dirt road, few buildings. Sent from French person back to Auxerre France.
Written on negative at bottom ‘Victoria Street – Duck – Lake. Sask.’
Text on back in French:
Mailed to Madame Chiolat Auxerre France
Postmarked DUCK LAKE DEC 14 08’ cancellation on two-cent King Edward VII stamp.
Crease UL corner. Ink bit smudged on back, some light toning.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
Duck Lake was one of the 5 Southbranch settlements settled by French speaking Métis from Manitoba in the 1860s and 1870s. A Roman Catholic Mission was established in Duck Lake in 1874 by Father André O.M.I. and by 1888 the village had a school, a post office, a flour mill and a trading post. From 1882 to 1905 Duck Lake was within the District of Saskatchewan of the North-West Territories.
In 1885, Duck Lake was the site of the Battle of Duck Lake, a conflict between Métis warriors and the Government of Canada, at the start of the Northwest Rebellion.