Stories of Collingwood

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.

 "A window on the past to enrich the future"

April 2018 - SCHOOL SPIRIT AT C.C.I. (WITH APOLOGIES TO THE HAMLET OF BOGNOR) -- H. David Vuckson
Over the years on both radio and television, comedy shows have contained a number of fictitious fraternal organizations such as “The Mystic Knights of The Sea” on the Amos ‘n’ Andy show;... Read More

  STORIES 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

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

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