Monday, October 12, 2015

Canadian Week in Review 12 October 2015

I have come across the following Canadian genealogy, history and heritage websites, social media, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too.

This Week in Canadian History

In 1920, the Canadian Air Board, a forerunner of the Royal Canadian Air Force, began its first flight across Canada. Wing Cmdr. Robert Leckie flew from Halifax to Winnipeg, arriving Oct. 11. From there, Air Commodore A. K. Tylee and three other pilots flew to Vancouver, arriving Oct. 17. Total elapsed time was 45 hours, 20 minutes for 5,488 kilometres, as opposed to 132 hours by rail.

And in 1927, the first air-mail service in Canada was inaugurated.

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Social Media

(Blog) An Interesting Find on Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923 online 

(Photos) Whitney Pier mural remembers steel plant and its workers

(Blog) How TTC subway stations got their atypical names

Newspaper Articles

Nova Scotia 

Sinclair Inn's hidden murals offer glimpse of Acadian past

Hidden murals in Canada's oldest surviving Acadian building may turn the walls of the museum into windows onto the past. 

Wayne Morgan helps manage the Sinclair Inn Museum in Annapolis Royal, N.S. He says the building's hidden murals lie beneath layers of peeling wallpaper.

Shearwater Aviation Museum final resting place for 1916 flag

It's a flag with a long history.And now the Union Jack that has been through war will have its final resting place at the Shearwater Aviation Museum.

A presentation for the well-worn and much loved flag was held on HMCS Sackville on Tuesday. 

Prince Edward Island 

Elmira Railway Museum on the right track

The Elmira Railway Museum saw a whopping 30 per cent increase in visitors this year, in part because the tourist attraction increased its hours. 

August alone saw a 55 per cent increase compared to the same month last year, marking the biggest increase of any of the provincially-run heritage sites.

New Brunswick

Fredericton looks at altering rules for building in heritage area 

Fredericton is looking for ways to change the city's bylaws for developing in the St. Anne's Point Heritage Preservation Area after a subdivision on Waterloo Row prompted anger from many people in the neighbourhood. 


My London: Visual records an eye-opener 

Archives of Ontario shares some of its treasures at the London Public Library later this month.

Separate sessions on Oct. 26 at the Central Library showcase Ontario photographs over a century and the legacy of CFPL-TV.

GENEALOGY WITH JANICE: Celebrating Family History Month in October

October is family history month. How will you celebrate? 


Manitoba RCMP #tbt photo offers look at police dog history

This #throwbackthursday photo posted by Manitoba RCMP is estimated to have been taken sometime in the 1940s.

The image of two dogs on a car is from the personal collection of E.B. (Ted) Bailey, a former RCMP officer who was posted to Headingley. RCMP believe Bailey, who passed away in 1991, was an early dog handler for the force.

Manitoba club goes to court after dispute over allowing women to join 

A private society is heading to court hoping to settle an internal dispute over its decision to allow women to join its ranks. 


Sculpture helps heal history

Carver Ivan Rosypyske went to Alert Bay with his sister on his birthday last February to witness the demolition of St. Michael’s Indian Residential School, a place where his mother had been forced to spend much of her young life. 


Maccoy Cabin approved for long term restoration

As a new provincially designated property, Sheppard Family Park’s historic Maccoy Cabin will receive restoration work to repair damages from the 2013 disaster.

At town council in September, it was unanimously voted that the Maccoy Cabin would be restored for long term use after two proposals were submitted regarding what restoration avenues could be taken.

Canadian news stories this week

October 12th is a day for Canadian to give thanks

It's a tradition that dates back to when Martin Frobisher gave thanks after he and his crew successfully navigated through a treacherous journey from England to the Northwest Passage. 

In genealogy terms, I am thankful that my father, in 1993, phoned me shortly after my husband and I had moved to Ottawa, to ask me if I would go to the Public Archives (the name of the Library and Archives Canada back in the olden days), to see if I could find out any more information about our family name – BARCLAY. My father was hoping that I could find something so that he could give whatever I found to our cousin, who was researching the name.

My father and I know that Andrew BARCLAY was a Loyalists who had come to Shelburne, Nova Scotia, in 1783, but that was about all we knew. 

Shortly after his phone call, I ventured to the archives, and after arriving on the third floor, I was directed to the Port Roseway Associated Loyalists, and there was Andrew Barclay's name as one of the loyalists recorded in the registry.

I subsequently read every book that I could find on the subject, and with a visit to the Shelburne County Archives and Genealogical Society, I was able to put it all together into quite a story. 

So I am thankful that an innocent phone call put me on the road to doing research for others, and my continuing interest in finding out more about Andrew BARCLAY.

And that was the week in Canadian news!


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