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Camp Picton tours

DSC07747Last year’s tours of the former aviation training base at Camp Picton were so popular that the Historical Society ran them again in July 2014.

Thanks to all who came and enjoyed the tours!

The Annual Camp PictonGeneral Meeting of the Prince Edward Historical Society will be held on Sunday, April 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the Wellington Library, 261 Main Street, Wellington, Ontario.

A proposed slate of officers for the Society will be presented by the Executive and nominations from the floor will be accepted.

Our guest speaker will be Ian S. Robertson, author of Camp Picton: Wartime to Peacetime, a highly detailed account of the ever-changing face of the former military camp

Ian will be brining an exhibit of materials relating to the camp and copies of his book will be available for purchase.

Light refreshments will be served.

All welcome: we hope to see you there!

Buildings at Camp Picton

View of Camp Picton by Tammy Hoy on Flickr

The Prince Edward Historical Society has arranged for two tours of the former World War Two training base at Camp Picton on Sunday, September 15, and Friday, September 27. If you have been curious about the rich history of this unique facility you will not want to miss this unique opportunity.

The tours are now fully booked. Thanks for all the support!

John McKenty's book, Canada Cycle & Motor, the CCM Story

John McKenty’s book, Canada Cycle & Motor, the CCM Story

The Annual General Meeting of the Prince Edward Historical Society will be held on Sunday, April 28th at 2:00 p.m. at the Wellington Library, 261 Main Street, Wellington, Ontario.

A proposed slate of officers for the Society will be presented by the Executive and nominations from the floor will be accepted.

Our guest speaker will be John McKenty, author of Canada Cycle & Motor: The CCM Story

With bikes in summer and skates in winter, CCM was the quintessential Canadian company. This presentation explores the history of the firm and its role in Canada’s cultural heritage. Copies of the book will be available for sale at $20.

Light refreshments will be served.

All welcome: we hope to see you there!

Conrad BeaubienGuests and members of the Historical Society enjoyed a fascinating talk yesterday evening by Hillier resident, Conrad Beaubien, who drew upon his years as a writer and film producer to explain the importance of landscapes and our environment in understanding the nature and history of a location.

Conrad described the fascination he felt when coming across the well-preserved brick buildings of Millbrook, Ontario, for the first time and how this led him to later discover the connection between this community and the town of Souris, Manitoba. A party from Millbrook left to establish a new home in Manitoba in 1881.

Conrad also told the story of Joe Augustine, a member of the Red Bank First Nation (now Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation) in New Brunswick, whose memory of his father’s tales of their community’s history led to his discovery of a 2,500-year-old burial mound.

The stories passed down within communities formed the basis for over 100 television programs produced by Conrad in the ‘Sketches of Our Town’ series. In these, interviews with local residents told stories of significance to the communities featured in each episode. The programs are currently being aired on the ‘DejaView’ channel between 6.00 and 7.00am.

Our thanks to Conrad for a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting talk!

Join us on Thursday for a talk by independent film producer, director and writer, Conrad Beaubien entitled ‘Reasoning the Land: Uncovering History in the Everyday’.

Conrad Beaubien’s work as a writer/storyteller in the mediums of film, television, stage and print has allowed the chance to explore Canada from corner to
corner. His observation is that it is from the landscape that we gather a meaning of place.

Admission is free to all and refreshments will be provided. Donations are welcome to help cover expenses.

Date: March 14

Time: 7.00pm

Place: Wellington Library, 261 Main Street, Wellington

Here is an appeal for information about family members of Private Herbert Ross Clark. Please leave a comment if you can help.

Last year I was responsible for researching the names to be included on the new Memorial Wall for the City of Kingston. Among the names included on it is Private Herbert Ross Clark, B 610045, Royal Canadian Infantry. He is commemorated on the Halifax Memorial for those lost at sea. In fact he died in Toronto and is buried in Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston. The entry has been changed on the CWGC web site.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has indicated that they will put the appropriate headstone on his grave if we can prove that there are no living members of his family, and I wonder if you can help me in this.

Private Clark was born in Picton in 1919, the son of Herbert and Gladys. His parents divorced (I presume) sometime before his death on 18 May 1941, when his mother was known as Gladys Boss, and his step-father was Sergeant-Major H Glen Boss. A grandfather was Herbert Brown of Picton. Clark was the brother of Ralph, Muriel and Mildred.

I wonder if any of your members have any knowledge of the family and can help us show CWGC whether or not they are alive.

Thank you for any help members can give.

Peter Gower

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