"A window on the past to enrich the future"

David Vuckson is a great-grandson of pioneer Collingwood merchant R. W. O’Brien.  His roots in town go back to 1875.  He and his wife Pamela live in Victoria, B.C .where he works as a piano tuner while maintaining a keen interest in the history of his hometown.

Stories of Collingwood

September 2018 - FOUNTAIN PENS, INK WELLS, BLOTTERS AND THE CHANGING FACE OF TIME  -- H. David Vuckson
Learning to read the alphabet in elementary school has long been part of our early education.  It was customary for classrooms to have each letter of the alphabet, both upper and lower case, displayed around the room above the blackboards.  In Kindergarten we began to use crayons...  Read More

 STORIES OF COLLINGWOOD 2017 - BY H. DAVID VUCKSON

January 2017 - Stephen Leacock and the I.O.D.E. at the Grand Opera House  Read More 

February 2017 - The Pretty River Oil Scam  Read More

March 2017 - The Craigleith Shale Oil Works Read More 

April 2017 - The Carnegie Library Revisited Read More 

May 2017 - The Message of the Bluebird Staged Read More 

June 2017 - Victoria Public School - The Grand Old Lady of Maple Street Read More 

July 2017 - Town Hall Monuments of the Past  Read More 

August 2017 - Death Knell On The Hamilton and North Western Railway  Read More 

September 2017 - A Depression-Era Collingwood Ship Makes its Final Journey  Read More 

October 2017 - David A. Manson, Seller of Pianos and Wallpaper Read More 

November 2017 - Fred O'Brien Wore Many Hats  Read More 

December 2017 -  Joel Underwood's Creek  Read More 


STORIES OF COLLINGWOOD 2016 - BY H. DAVID VUCKSON


March 2016 - COLLINGWOOD NEVER HAD A PIANO FACTORY  Read More 

April 2016 - COLLINGWOOD SHIPYARD DID NOT ALWAYS HAVE CRANES  Read More

March 2016 - COLLINGWOOD NEVER HAD A PIANO FACTORY  Read More

June 2016 - THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE WAS ONCE THE COMMUNITY GATHERING PLACE  Read More

July 2016 - SHOPPING FOR SHOES WITH X-RAYS  Read More

August 2016 - GAYETY THEATRE TOOK ITS NAME FROM A TORONTO BURLESQUE THEATRE IN 1928  Read More

September 2016 - A RETROSPECTIVE LOOK AT SOME HURONTARIO STREET FIRES  Read More

October 2016 - COLLINGWOOD WAS SPARED FROM A FENIAN RAID 150 YEARS AGO  Read More

November 2016 - ICE CREAM CONES, BOWLING PINS & BICYCLES  Read More

December 2016 - THE TRAGIC LAUNCHING OF THE TADOUSSAC  Read More

Fountain Pens1.pdfSTORIES OF COLLINGWOOD 2018 - BY H. DAVID VUCKSON


January 2018 - FROM GRAMMAR SCHOOL TO COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE - THE CONTINUING JOURNEY OF THE WISE OLD OWL AND ITS CONNECTION TO SEVERAL SCHOOL BUILDINGS  Read More

February 2018 - THE UNSOLVED 1903 MURDER OF GLORY WHALEN Read More

March 2018 - THE ADVENTURES OF AN OFFICE BOY/MESSENGER IN THE COLLINGWOOD SHIPYARD WITH REFLECTIONS ON LAND USE ALONG THE WATERFRONT Read More

April 2018 - SCHOOL SPIRIT AT C.C.I. (WITH APOLOGIES TO THE HAMLET OF BOGNOR) Read More

May 2018 - THE S. S. JAMES CARRUTHERS—COLLINGWOOD’S TITANIC-STYLE DISASTER Read More

June 2018 - HEALTH CARE IN THE 1950’S, SMALL TOWN STYLE WITH DOCTOR BOB Read More

July 2018 - SCHOOL DAYS FIRST AID TRAINING, 1950’s STYLE Read More

August 2018 - THE REMINISCENCES OF A GRAVE DIGGER Read More

September 2018 - FOUNTAIN PENS, INK WELLS, BLOTTERS AND THE CHANGING FACE OF TIME Read More