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Canadian Shredded Wheat Company

Visit from the Earl of Bessborough

The Canadian Shredded Wheat building draped with the Union Jack for the visit of the Earl of Bessborough, 1933.

Captain Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, 1880-1956, was a businessman and politician. He was educated at Cambridge and served on the London County Council. In 1910, he was elected to the British House of Commons. Upon the death of his grandfather, he became The Earl of Bessborough and was a member of The House of Lords until 1931. It was also in 1931 that he was appointed as The Governor General of Canada by King George V. Ponsonby was the first businessman to have ever been appointed Governor General. 

The visitor's register signed by the Earl of Bessborough

Earl of Bessborough signing the Canadian Shredded Wheat register

The Governor General toured the plant with W.J. Wilcox of Toronto, General Sales Manager; J.H. Hadden, Production Manager; J. Costello, Superintendant; J.P. Patterson of Toronto, Director of Publicity; C.B. Head, Plant Manager; W.J. Morrissey, Assistant Treasurer and E.P. Webster, Engineer. 

The Visit of His Excellency the Governor General to The Canadian Shredded Wheat Company with J. Costello, plant supervisor.

Assembly of wooden boxes