Transcript of Dionne Quintuplets
The Dionne Quintuplets Canada's History Marie Emilie Cecile Yvonne Annette <-- Works Cited The quints were born in Corbiel, Ontario on May 28, 1934 to Oliva (father) and Elzire (mother) Dionne. They were born two months premature and called miracle babies because their doctor was certain that none of them would live. They were the first quintuplets to survive infancy. There were six children before the quints, one of whom died of pnemonia, and then three boys after the quints. Word spread quickly of the birth of the five babies and people all over North America sent supplies and advice. Four months after they were born, the government took them away from their family because they found the poverty-stricken parents unfit of looking after the miracle babies. They were made wards of the provincial Crown until they turned 18. The Dafoe Hospital and Nursery was built across the road from the Dionne farmhouse for the girls to live in. The quints symbolized joy and fortitude during the Great Depression and WWII. Short Term Impact on Canada Long Term Impact on Canada Gaffeny, Dennis. "The Story of the Dionne Quintuplets." PBS. PBS, 23 Mar. 2009. Web. 19 Dec. 2012. Tourists could observe the girls through one-way screens. Around 6,000 people came to see the quints per day with around 3 million people from 1936-1943. Oliva Dionne and two of the midwives opened up a souvenir shop and concession store. People came from all over to see the quints, including Amelia Earhart. The quints were very famous and brought in about $250 million per year. Companies advertised their products by putting images of the quints on them and sales increased. The five girls starred in three Hollywood movies that were fictionalized stories of their lives. There were three policemen, three nurses, a housekeeper, Dr. Dafoeand two maids to take care of the girls. The quints had little contact with the outside world, besides occasionally visiting their family across the road. There was a uniform schedule everyday from 6am-6pm which included private tutoring, daily check-ups with Dr. Dafoe, playtime, and half-an-hour meals. Quintland Millions of dollars were brought into Ontario as the quints became a huge tourist attraction. People came from all over to see them. Tesher, Ellie. "Dionne Quintuplets." Group Histories. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2012. "Dionne Quintuplets." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Dec. 2012. Web. 20 Dec. 2012. The nursery had nine rooms and there was a staff house nearby. The buildings were enclosed in a seven-foot tall barbed wire fence. Canada's Involvement Canada was involved because the quints were born in Canada. The Canadian government took them because they thought that their parents couldn't provide for them. People came to Canada to see the five miracle babies and the government benefited because of all the money that was made. The government abused the quintuplets financially by taking money from their trust fund and spending it to benefit themselves. After the three remaining girls rejected the $2.8 million compensation in 1998, the government gave them $4 million. Canada used images of the girls to promote the sale of products and business opened up around Quintland to support the large amounts of tourists that came to see the quints. In 1943, after Dr. Dafoe died, the quints moved back with their family. The girls traveled a lot to perform at events. Life at home wasn't so pleasant. The girls were often lectured about how much trouble they caused the family, they were denied privileges that their siblings got to enjoy, and they had a heavier share of farmwork and housework. It was later reported that their father had sexually abused them as teenagers. When they moved back with their family, they moved into a mansion with 20 rooms. Their family lavished themselves with fancier things. Years later the quints found out that everything had been bought and paid for out of their funds they had earned. The expenses of Quintland had also came out of the girls' trust fund. By the time they were old enough to get their money, there was only $800,000 instead of the $15 million there was supposed to be. People who had been in charge of taking care of the girls profited, becoming wealthy and famous, while the girls lived in poverty. As the girls grew up, their lives became less of a fantasy and their fame slowly came to an end. They all left home as soon as they turned 18 and didn't stay in contact with their family. Emilie became a nun but died at age 20 from an epileptic seizure. Marie married, had children, and died at age 35 from a blood clot. Yvonne died at age 67 from cancer. Cecile married, but later divorced, and had twins plus three other children. She is still alive today. Annette married, later divorced, and had children. She is also still alive today. Eventually the girls were paid $4 million in compensation. There is now the non-profit Dionne Quintuplets MuseumFull transcript
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were little. Moving out of the Nursery "Human Exploitation - How The Dionne Quintuplets Were Abused." HubPages. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2012. Businesses thrived because of the amount of tourists that came to see the miracle babies. Canada is the place where the first known quintuplets to ever survive were born. The quints are now an example for the future of what not to do because we see now that they were exploited and abused because of what happened. The government had to later compensate the quints because they were exploited and money was taken from their trust fund. Quintuplet Souvenirs Oliva's Souvenir Shop Dafoe Nursery "Google Images." Google Images. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2012.