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Call for Proposals – Considering Sydney Newman, 2016

Call for Proposals

“Considering Sydney Newman”


Sydney Newman – Image from

In light of the recent fiftieth anniversary of the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who, it seems only fair that some attention be paid to its creator Sydney Newman (1917-1997).  Newman enjoyed a long and interesting career in broadcasting and films.  While his ‘claim to fame’ might very well be as creator of Doctor Who and Avengers, he also worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as Supervising director of features, documentaries and outside broadcasts (1952-1958), the Associated British Corporation as head of Drama (1958-1962), the British Broadcasting Corporation as head of Drama (1962-1967), and the National Film Board of Canada as a film editor (1941-1949) and as Commissioner (1970-1975).  He then became a special advisor on film to the Canadian Secretary of State, and was Chief Creative Consultant for the Canadian Film Development Corporation (1978-1984).


His work at these institutions was important in the history of Canadian and British broadcasting, and popular culture. His influence was far-reaching.  But thus far, while there have been some studies which have taken into account the particular roles which he has played during his career, no study has taken his roles together, to provide a more complete picture.


This peer-reviewed collection seeks to understand Sydney Newman in relation to his long career in Canada and in Britain. Articles can deal with specific aspects of his career, specific institutions, specific programs he developed, his influence as a producer/filmmaker, or administrator.  Biographical articles are also welcome.

The aim is that the collection taken as a whole will provide a balanced look at his varied career in two countries during periods of significant development and change in the entertainment industry.


Proposals should be approximately two hundred words, and sent to by the 1st of September 2016.  A decision will be communicated by the 15th of September, and final articles should be submitted by the 15 May 2016.


Gillian I Leitch, PhD

Independent Scholar

Co-Chair, Science Fiction Fantasy Area, PCA/ACA





Key Words: Canada, United Kingdom, National Film Board of Canada, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, British Broadcasting Corporation, Associated British Corporation, television, film, policy, public broadcasting


92 Woodroffe Ave – a plea, a hope, 2016

In a week which started out researching homes of my ancestors in Victoria, BC and Birmingham, England, it ended with the news that my childhood home in Ottawa is for sale.  Living across the river as I do, I have had the opportunity over the years to pass by the old home on Woodroffe Avenue and see how it looks now.  And I must confess over the last several years I have felt that the people living there were rather careless, and the home was distinctly unloved.   Reading the ad for the house I now know why, it is rented out.  But the house itself was lovely when we lived there, so I expected to see in the listing, dated, but hardwood floors, two fireplaces, built in bar in spacious basement, large garden and in-ground pool.  Instead it reads:

“Being sold “Where Is” and “As Is” Sellers Schedule “B” must accompany all offers. Builders and developers opportunity knocks large lot close to Wesstern Parkway. Bring your imagination and plans. Propery is currently tennanted and viewings may take some time to arrange. Home requires updating throughout or lot lends itself to two units or new large single unit. Seller makes no representations or warranties.” [listing here]

real estate ad
The real estate ad……

And so it seems that my old family home is seen more as value for its large lot than the rather nice house it was.  I would be the first to say it needs updating, as I remember a viewing in the home in the mid-1990s when it was for sale, and I got to see its interior, and it does need a better kitchen configuration, and the upstairs bathroom needed new fixtures.  But to see it torn down, which seems to be the gist of the advertisement is just plain wasteful, and of course sad.

Many reading this will say – of course you feel that way, you lived there.  And yes my very happy memories of the house are a large part of the feelings I have for the thought that it could just be torn down and replaced with two dinky houses or a large McMansion.  But there is more to that.  There is a part of me that asks these questions every time people talk of removing old housing stock and replacing it with something more “modern.”  And this goes back to a blog post I did on the tearing down of the grocery store on Woodroffe/Richmond and the lovely Victorian house next to it for a new condo development – which by they way they still have not built in the 4 years since they took down the older buildings. [link here]

Why should the older homes be removed for more intense building on the site?  Why does “progress” have to mean the destruction of the past.  I am sure that a lot of people see just a plain bungalow and forget that it too is part of history (and I do acknowledge personal history as well as neighbourhood).  It was one of the first bits of newer construction in the area when it was built in 1961 by George Ostendorfer on a vacant lot.  The neighbourhood before was essentially a few all-season homes surrounded by summer homes, some converted for all season use, and some not.  92 Woodroffe represents the change in the area with the creation of a more suburban neighbourhood with a lot of new construction in the 1960s.  This too was the period when the cottages along the river were being expropriated by the federal government (NCC) and cleared to make way for the green space and the Parkway.

The house itself is a product of its time. The original layout of the three bedroom bungalow featured a garage at the front of the house, with the front door, next to it, reached by several steps.  This layout changed within a few years, in 1965, with the garage being closed in, and integrated into the house, serving as an office for Mr. Ostendorfer, and accessed by the side of the house with its own door, and a door inside, off the front hallway.  A carport was built at this time at the side of the house, situated behind the house’s frontage, and out of view of the street. The in-ground swimming pool was built in 1964.

92 woodroffe 1970s
The house in the 1970s.

My family moved into the house as its second owners in 1968, just before my brother was born.  In the time we lived there we made no significant or structural changes to the house.   The only change to be made in the house was the conversion of Mr. Ostendorfer’s former office into the master bedroom around 1974.  A cedar closet was added to the room, on its interior wall.  The house now had four bedrooms.

92 woodroffe back 1966-7
The back yard as it appeared when my parents were shopping for a house in 1967-8

During our time in the house the neighbourhood around the house underwent several changes during the 1960s and 70s.  Most significantly was the demolition of the cottages which were situated directly behind the house, on Orvigale.  They were replaced by townhouses.  One of the houses which overlooked the back yard situated on Deschenes added a second storey in 1978.  The old CPR land remained undeveloped, and served the area as a shortcut to homes on Orvigale and Pooler.  It was also a place of play for the local children.  An apartment building went up on Richmond road, which we could see rise up from our back yards.  The A&W nearby closed down and new businesses sprung up on Richmond Road.

We sold the house in 1980, and the new owners made a number of interior changes.  Firstly, the wall which separated the old master bedroom and the living room was removed, creating a large room which spanned the whole width of the house.  The house returned to having only three bedrooms. The wall separating the kitchen from the dining room was also removed, creating a much larger eat-in kitchen.  In the basement, the large oil heater and tank was removed, and the WC at the foot of the stairs was expanded into its space to create a full bath.  From the description in the ad for the sale of the house it appears a fourth bedroom has been added to the house – likely in the basement.  I am not sure.

The CPR land next to the house was finally developed in 2004.  A house, number 96, was constructed,  and a path established at its side.  The path, follows the length of the old track, and serves as a path to the houses on Orvigale and Pooler, like its predecessor.  92 Woodroffe Avenue stands as a testimony to the history of the neighbourhood of Woodroffe North, and of the suburbanization of the City of Ottawa.

Plaque in 2010

But history aside, it is wasteful to just tear down a building just to build something new on the site.  The destruction of the house would mean more crud to send to a landfill, and then there is the added costs (environmentally) of building the new house or houses.  Why destroy when you could fix?  Fixing might take a bit more imagination, but in the long run it means that the house remains, and the neighbourhood keeps its diversity in housing stock.

Caledonian Games, Montreal, 1880

Montreal Gazette 23 September 1880 page 2

The Caledonian Games

The Caledonian Society to the [illegible] Annual gathering and athletic sports- His Excellency on the ground.

When the Citizens’ Committee decided to aid the Caledonian Society, it took a wise step, for no greater attraction could have been offered to our visitors than the programme of sports arranged by the Caledonian Society.  In the early portion of the day the attendance was small, and when the games were begun the prospects were rather depressing.  Shortly after 2 o’clock, however, the grounds began to fill up, and the ticket-takers were kept busy until about 4 o’clock, when there must have been about four thousand people on the field.  About a quarter past twelve, His Excellency the Governor-General, accompanied by Capt Chater, ADU, arrived on the grounds, where he was received by the President, Mr Robin, and conducted to a pavilion erected for his reception Mr Robin, on behalf of the Society , presented to him a beautifully bound volume of the constitution and by-laws, the title page of which was handsomely illuminated, and on the second page was a certificate of membership, which was read by Mr John Hood, the Secretary.

His Excellency was pleased to accept the volume, and briefly replied to the remarks of President Robin.  He always had taken an interest in athletic sports, and commended the desire of the Society to encourage the development of physical strength.  He regretted the absence from the programme of broadsword and single stick exercises which were highly popular in Scotland, and hoped they might shortly be introduced.

Miss Mary Fulton, a little daughter of Mr P Fulton, then presented a beautiful bouquet, for which his Excellency thanked the fair donor.

The following gentlemen acted as judges in the various competitions:- Lt Col John Fletcher, CMG; Dr McEachran, FRCVS; Angus Grant, Wm Angus, Alex McGibbon, Ewan McLennan, David Mair, Hugh McKinnon, Wm Wilson & Duncan E Bowie, Esquires.

On the ground appeared some of the most noted athletes on the continent, included DC Ross, of Philadelphia, EW Johnston, of Hamilton, William Robertson of New York, John Raine and George Irvine of Ottawa, and others.

The competitions were entered into with zest, and as a result the interest excited among the spectators was great. The dancing was especially good.  Mr Henderson, of Toronto, in the Highland Fling, rousing the enthusiasm of his Scottish audience to such a pitch that rounds of cheers and excited cries greeted the conclusion of his performance.  In the Ghillie Callum (sword dance) Montreal stood to the front, but altogether so excellent was the display that the task of discriminating must have been one of no small difficulty. The committee of arrangements are to be congratulated on the manner in which the programme was carried out, event following event without unnecessary delay and the whole being completed at a quarter before six.

The scene from the pavilion was a very pretty one, the picturesque costumes of the competitors, guests in Highland dress mingling with the more sombre tints of our modern habiliments, which were in turn relieved by the fluttering ribbons and many-colored shades of ladies dresses, forming a tout ensemble witnessed only at a Scottish gathering. Want of space prevents a detailed account of the games we publish the following:

List of Prizes

Quoits- 1st R Waugh, Point St Charles; 2nd A Tattersall, Point St Charles; 3rd W Todd.

Dambrod Match – 1st Alex Brodie; 2nd Thomas Finn.

Bowling Green Match – 1st J Shartris; 2nd Peter Fulton. Prizes for this match were presented by the President.

Throwing Heavy Hammer – DC Ross, Philadelphia, 1st 97 ft 10 in; D Smith Lucknow Ont 2nd, 92 ft 6 in; M MacDonald 3rd 87 ft 8 in.

Throwing Light Hammer – DC Ross, 1st 116 ft 9 in; D Smith 2nd, 111 ft 5 in; M MacDonald 106 ft 11 in.

Putting Heavy Stone- AA Macdonald Lochgarrry, 1st 35 ft 3 in; DC Ross, 2nd 34 ft 1 ½ in; W Robertson New York, 32 ft 11 in.

Putting Light Stone – AA Macdonald, 1st 45ft 8 in; DC Ross 2nd 42 ft 7 in; W Robertson, 3rd 40ft

Tossing the Caber- D Smith 1st, 38 ft 10 ½ in; DC Ross 2nd 37 ft 10 in.

Running hop, step, and jump – Thomas Aitkin, New York, 1st 44 ft; M Macdonald 2nd, 43 ft 2 ½ in; Alex Miller, Montreal 3rd, 43 ft 10 ½ in.

Running high leap- EW Johnson 1st, 5 ft 4 in; Wm Robertson 2nd 5 ft 4 in; AC Reid, 3rd 5 ft 2 in.

Running long jump – Thos Aitkin, 1st 21 ft 1 ½ in; AC Reid 2nd 19 ft 6 in; EW Johnson 3rd 18 ft 6 in.

Standing long jump- EW Johnson 1st 10 ft 9 ½ in; M Macdonald 2nd 10 ft; J Newton 3rd 9ft 9 in.

Standing high leap – EW Johnson, 1st 4ft 8 in; M Macdonald 2nd 4ft 7 in, DC Ross 4 ft 6 in.

Vaulting with pole – Thomas Aitken, 1st 9 ft 4 in; Wm Robertson 2nd 8 ft 10 in; Alex Miller and John Anderson equal 8 ft 4 in, divide 3rd prize.

Pony race- Thomas Irving’s “Rosebud”; 2nd, J Irving’s “Minnie”; 3rd Douglas Lorne McGibbon’s “Princess Louise.”


My family and football (soccer) – picking out the rumours from the fact, 2016


CS Davis c1890s
Charles Samuel Davis c 1890s, Perry Barr, Birmingham

My mother was an enthusiastic Aston Villa supporter, like her father before her, and she was sure and certain that her maternal grandfather Charles Samuel Davis (above) had played for Aston Villa Football Club.  Mom was sure she also had seen a photo of him in Villa uniform.  When we were talking to one of her maternal cousins, they too were convinced that their grandfather, a Squelch, had also played for Villa.

And so my mother’s cousin wrote to the Archives at Aston Villa to see if they had any records of Albert Charles Squelch or Charles Samuel Davis playing for the team.  They had not.  They asked to see the picture of Charles in kit, but we were unable to find the picture among the images Mom had inherited from her father. And so that is where the story was left.  Unproven.

Fast forward to today – yes a very recent discovery. I had been going through the British Newspaper archives in search of articles on my mother’s paternal relatives – the Paulins to see if they had participated in any kind of associational or social activities when they were living in Birmingham from the late 1870s to the mid 1880s.  And score!  Ernest Alfred Paulin, my great-grandfather, and his older brother Frederick Paulin both played soccer for the Acock’s Green Star.  Frederick was a forward and Ernest was the captain.  They appear to have played for the team from about 1880-1884.

Bham Daily Post 12 Dec 1881 p6
Birmingham Daily Post, 12 December 1881, page 6

Ernest apparently was also a part of the Acock’s Green cricket club.*  Anyway, this got me to thinking….. what if I key in the terms Squelch and football and see what that gets me?  I was going to then do Davis and football, but I got scared of the possibilities.  In the end it resulted in one article, and it was enough to prove that my ancestors played football – both Davis and Squelch…..

Birmingham Daily Post 8 March 1887 page 7
Birmingham Daily Post, 8 March 1887, page 7

Both a Davis and a Squelch played for Perry Barr Holders in 1887.  Not a coincidence in naming – for those who say that last names are insufficient – both Charles Davis and Albert Squelch lived in Perry Barr at the time.

So we did not play for Aston Villa, which is sad, because it would have pleased my Mom to no end if we had, but they were keen football players, and we can prove that they did play in their area.

*Ernest was also the captain of the Victoria Albion Cricket club in British Columbia, and a competitor in the Caledonian Games in Victoria, and a billiards competitor.  I get tired just thinking about it.

Obituary – Donald (Daniel) Cashion, Cornwall, ON

I had known about this site for a while, and had made use of their great section on headstones, but I was reminded yesterday about its existence thanks to @geneaalacarte and decided to look up the usual suspects in the obituary section.  And I found my great-great grandfather’s obituary.  The description of him makes him sound like a lovely man.

Enjoy!, Paper unknown, page 72, 13 July 1916


daniel cashion
Daniel Cashion – family collection


Donald Cashion

A stalwart Glengarryman, a giant among a race of giants, has departed from the scene of a long life of activity in the person of Donald Cashion (“Dan” as he was generally known) at his homestead in the South Branch, the neighbourhood called Cashion’s Glen, bearing the family name.

The late Mr Cashion was a splendid specimen of manhood, standing over six feet in height, and enjoyed a large acquaintance in the United Counties. After many years residence in Cornwall, he took up farming, cultivating his two farms, and one seldom passed that way without seeing his familiar form and getting a friendly wave of the hand, or having a short chat.  He was a veteran of the Fenian troubles in 1866, and was proud of the medal he was awarded as a memento of those stirring times.  In politics he was a Liberal.  In the early seventies he took an active part in municipal matters, having been a member of the Township Council, also of the Counties Council, as Reeve and Deputy Reeve of Charlottenburgh.

His health was always the best, and he never knew a sick day until about six months ago, when the malady developed which caused his death. He was in Cornwall quite recently and seemed as active as ever.

His wife died some years ago, leaving a large family, the members of which are James and Angus of Los Angeles, Calif., members of the firm of Grant Brothers, railway contractors; Mrs WP Lunny, Montreal; Mrs Price, Toronto; Mrs P Spink, Williamstown; William Cashion on the homestead; Mrs WC Leitch, Montreal; and Mrs D McCosham, Bainsville.

The funeral took place on Saturday morning from his late residence to St Mary’s Church, Williamstown, and was largely attended by friends from Cornwall, Lancaster, Maxville and Alexandria.  Requiem High Mass was celebrated by Rev Father AA McRae, and the remains were laid to rest in teh burying ground adjoining.  The pallbearers were S Burton, Maxville; WP Lunny, Montreal; WC Leitch, Montreal; P Spink, Williamstown; Norman McCoshahm, Bainsville, and Angus [illegible] Cashion’s Glen.

Serious charge against a Birmingham Surgeon – Vaccination, 1885

Birmingham Daily Post, 24 July 1885, page 3

Serious Charge Against a Birmingham Surgeon

At the Birmingham Police Court, yesterday – before Mr. A Hill, deputy-stipendiary – Dr .James Robert Marrian, Newtown Row, appeared to answer a summons charging him that he did, on May 12 last, unlawfully and wilfully sign a false vaccination certificate.  Mr. Bowen appeared for the parochial authorities, and Mr. JM Bayley for Mr. Marrian.  Mr. Bowen explained that several cases had been brought to the knowledge of the Guardians of certificates being improperly given, and they had decided to prosecute in four of them.

Susannah Webb was the first witness.  She said that on May 5 she took a child named Arthur Edward Squelch to defendant’s surgery, 55, Newtown Row, to be vaccinated.  The operation was performed by Mr. Marrian’s assistant, Mr. Smith.  on the 12th of May she took it again to be inspected, and it was inspected by the same gentleman who performed the operation. Dr. Marrian was not present on either occasion.  On Monday last Dr. Marrian called at her house, and asked her whether he had been present at the operation.  She replied, “NO” she then showed him a letter she had received asking her to be present at give evidence. He said it was not a summons, and she need not go.  He then asked her if she knew the addresses of any other witnesses in the cases.  She did not.  Cross examined by Mr. Bayley, witness said she had not seen Dr. Marrian before.  She was quite certain Dr .Marrian was not present at the surgery either when the operation was performed or when the child was inspected.

John Frederick Smith, the assistant to Dr. Marrian referred to, was the next witness.  He said he was not a registered medical practitioner.  He was in the habit of vaccinating children under Dr. Marrian’s instructions, and in his presence.  He could not say that the doctor would always be present, as he would sometimes be called out of the surgery for a moment.  He would sometimes inspect the children under the same circumstances as in the former case. Cross examined by Mr. Bayley: witness said the doctor had warned him not to vaccinate in his absence, and that if he had done so it was against the doctor’s instructions and wish.  The Clerk: I don’t see what that has to do with it.  Defendant is charged with giving a false certificate. – Witness (continuing) said that whenever he made any inspections he was under Mr. Marrian’s supervision.  The certificates were signed all together. Mr. Marrian vaccinated about twenty cases a week, and witness would fill up the body of the certificates, which the doctor would sign altogether.  There was nothing on the face of the certificates to enable him to distinguish, when signing them, between those cases he had himself inspected and those he had not.  Dr. Marrian personally vaccinated in 80 per cent of the cases, but witness could not say what proportion were operated upon in his presence and what proportion in his absence.  He identified Dr. Marrian’s signature on the certificate produced – Mr. Bowen put the certificate in evidence.

For the defence, Mr. Bayley said that the case appeared to him to be an enquiry with a view to discover how many patients his client had been vaccinating.  He contended that on the evidence which had been brought forward there was not an atom to show that the certificate had been wilfully made by his client knowing it to be false.  There was no imputation whatever the operation had been improperly performed, and he submitted that Dr. Marrian had fulfilled the requirements of the Act.

In giving his decision, the Deputy Stipendiary said he thought on the whole the case was one that ought to go before a jury.  He therefore committed the defendant for trial at the assizes.

Mr. Bowen said he proposed with the concurrence of the Bench, to withdraw the other summonses with the exception of the one charging Dr. Marrian with not delivering the vaccination certificate to the person in charge of the vaccinated child.  Subsequently, however, he withdrew this also on Dr. Marrian’s assurance that the offence should not be repeated.  Mr. Bayley explained that the doctor found it safer to send the certificates all together to the vaccination officer, as when he gave them to the parents, or those in charge of the children, they were frequently not forwarded to the proper quarter.

Dr Marrian was released on bail – himself in L40 and two sureties in L20.



A Costumed Affair, Montreal, 1911

Montreal Standard, 9 December 1911, Page 26


A Costumed affair


Yes, indeed it was the biggest thing given for years, and all the women present would have put to shame her loyal and lovely Majesty, the Queen of Sheba, so far as real elegance of feeling and satisfaction of soul might be taken into consideration.  Oh, “full dress affair” what sacrilege is committed in thy name! Row after row of women in every sort of conceivable costume pushed and elbowed each other toward the receiving line and into the supper room.

Every one was there from the woman who sold buttons in a tiny shop with a tinkling bell on the front door to the most elegant grand dame who had been brought up in her own big machine to the party.

There was the neat pair of stout boots plainly visible beneath a gown of pink satin.  She had forgotten her dress shoes in her haste and had been assured that they would never show in that entire crowd.  There was the walking skirt of one’s Sunday suit with a ‘dressy’ Foulard waist that had graced so many meetings of the sewing circle and one had turned too happily away from the mirror at home, and some of the gowns might have been considered what is sometimes known as elaborate.

Indeed they were studies in brainstorms, and represented months and weeks of thought and yards and yards of gold lace and the usual crystal and pearl trimmings.  Some were handsome and some were ugly; some trains were tucked under their owner’s arm as if they were saving them to be buried in and must by no means have it injured against that time, and many were there from curiosity alone, and gowns were merely a side issue, and their wearers looked the part.

It spreads like an ever-moving ever-changing scene before one’s eyes and is to be seen any time at any public affair where the invitation list is as broad and wide as one’s backyard, though it generally conceded that some are quite narrow affairs, but let’s say a nice big backyard and be more explicit. One merely drops in to observe and hence the result.

Popular Couple had Charming Wedding, Victoria, 1919

Daily Colonist, 21 August 1919, page 8

Popular Couple had Charming Wedding

St John’s Church filled yesterday for marriage of Capt AC Futcher and Miss Winnifred E Goodwin.

A romance dating from the childhood days of the happy young couple, culminated yesterday in the marriage of Winnifred Emilie Goodwin, youngest daughter of Mrs Goodwin, of Rochester NY (formerly of Victoria) and of the late Mr WF Goodwin, to Capt Arthur Charles Futcher, youngest son of Mr and Mrs TS Futcher, Foul Bay Road.  Both bride and groom are well known here, and St John’s Church was filled with interested friends, assembled to witness the ceremony which took place at 3 o’clock, the rector, Rev FAP Chadwick, officiating.

The church was beautifully decorated with marguerites, gypsophilia and ivy, the chancel being effectively draped with flags. The service was fully choral and while the bridal party was signing the register in the vestry, Mrs Winifred Lugrin Fahey sang, with much charm and sweetness, “Beloved it is Morn.”

The bride entered the church on the arm of her uncle, Mr Charles F Gardiner, who gave her in marriage.  She was radiantly lovely in her beautiful gown of ivory Duchesse satin, fashioned in draped overskirt effect with the bodice cut with rounded neck and sleeveless. She wore a square court train, over which fell the filmy folds of her veil, which was caught in a coronet effect with orange blossoms, and her bouquet was composed of pink and white roses.

There were four attendants, Miss Dorothy Gardiner, a cousin of the bride, as maid of honour, Miss Iris Lapraik, Miss Victoria Gardiner, another cousin, as bridesmaids and little Miss Denise Thompson, who made a winsome little flower girl. The maid of honour and bridesmaids wore pretty frocks of pink taffeta and georgette with large black picture hats and carried arm bouquets of pink sweet peas and gypsophelia, while the little flower girl wore a dainty white lingerie frock and carried a bouquet of pink sweet peas and roses. Capt Marshall Beck, of Vancouver supported the groom.

Following the ceremony a reception and dejeuner was held in the home of Mr and Mrs Charles F Gardiner, 1013 Fairfield Road, which was attended by about 150 friends of the bride and groom. The young couple received the felicitations of their friends in the drawing room, which in common with the other reception rooms, was bright with lovely marguerites, sweet peas and gypsophelia.  Later, after the bridal party and guests had enjoyed a dainty collation served informally in buffet fashion, the bride cut the huge wedding cake with her husband’s sword. The many handsome presents received by the young couple were greatly admired by the guests.

Mrs Gardiner, who wore a becoming gown of oyster-grey satin combined with georgette, and hat to match, was assisted in receiving the guests by the groom’s mother, Mrs TS Futcher, wearing a smart gown of mauve satin with hat to match and by Mrs Goodwin, mother of the bride, who wore a charming dress of navy blue satin and georgette with hat ensuite. Mrs C Williams, sister of the bride, wore a smart tailleur costume of cream serge with white georgette picture hat draped with an ostrich plume.

Early in the evening Capt and Mrs Futcher left by motor on the first stage of their honeymoon trip to Cameron Lake.  They will return in about ten days to take up their residence at the Alandale Apartments. The bride’s going away suit was of tete de negre velour with small chic hat in contrasting shade combined with salmon pink velvet.

The groom’s gift to his bride was a gold wrist watch, while to the maid of honour and bridesmaids he gave pretty pearl brooches, and to the best man, a silver cigarette case, as souvenirs of the occasion.

Both bride and groom are extremely popular here.  The bride, who was born in Victoria, lived here until just a few years ago.  She is a granddaughter of the late Mr F Pauline of Oak Bay.  The groom is also a well-known Victorian.  He has only recently returned from overseas where he saw four years’ active service.  He left here early in 1915 with the 30th Battalion, transferring in England to the 7th Battalion, and later was given command of the 48th Battalion.  He has the unique distinction of having arisen from the ranks to the position of camp commandant.

Brock’s Death Commemorated, Queenston, 1912

Ottawa Citizen, 14 October 1912, page 4

Brock’s Death Commemorated

Fitting services on Queenstown Heights Field

Queenston, Ont, – Oct 13- Representative military officers, citizens, clergymen, statesmen and Indians gathered here today irrespective of creed or party for the common object of commemorating the splendid victory of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, one hundred years ago in the historic battle of Queenston Heights, which immortalized his name and saved Upper Canada from the invaders from the south.

Standing bare-headed at the base of the magnificent column erected to his memory on the summit of the heights, prominent Canadians in terms as simple as they were eloquent, recounted the history of that famous birthland of the general whose indomitable courage is placed before the school children of the Dominion as an example of noble, and self-sacrificing manhood.  They told of how in the famous certain death that small force of British regulars, Canadian militiamen and Indians under Brock and Lieut. Col John Macdonnell, after having been once repulsed, gained possession of the battery on the hill and turned defeat into a glorious victory which will for ever occupy a place of honor in the annals of British heroism.  Every member of the loyal throng which had gathered from all the parts of Ontario honor the memory of the saviour of their country was thrilled when once again they heard the story of the deeds of their sturdy ancestors on that memorable occasion. 

The day was just such a one as that upon which Brock died, and when the guns of St Catherine’s field battery boomed forth over the battlefield, the salute to the dead general filling of the air with smoke and the smell of powder, but little imagination was needed to recall the historic morning of Oct 13th 1812.

The scene will long be remembered by those who were present.  Just to the right of the monument were the speakers and official representatives of the various patriotic societies on a small platform upon which were chairs and a table.  Behind the speakers was a silken banner bearing the cross of St George and one the monument itself were the many beautiful wreaths and floral tributes from various organizations.  In a semi-circle around the monument were the spectators, of whom there were some 1 300, while detachments of the Royal Canadian Regiment of Stanley barracks, the 48th Highlanders, the Queen’s Own, the 10th Royal Grenadiers, the Ridley College Cadets, the Mississauga Horse and other units formed the outer edge of the half circle.  Over all the Union Jack floated proudly in the breeze.

The gathering was in many respects a unique one.  It consisted of all classes of people including school children, hoary headed veterans, whose fathers or grandfathers had participated in the struggle and a party of 67 Six Nation Indians from Brantford, all wearing small flags or other decorations.

An effort was made to discover some descendants of Brock’s but it was found there was no blood relation living in Canada.  A Claude Macdonnell MP, John A Macdonnell, McLean Macdonnell and Dr. Drame of Toronto, all great grand-nephews of Lieut. Col John Macdonell were present however. Mrs. Birdsall and Miss Mary Clark of Niagara, both direct descendants of Laura Secord, whose fame is second only to that of Brock, were also present.



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