GAYETY THEATRE TOOK ITS NAME FROM A TORONTO BURLESQUE THEATRE IN 1928 (AUGUST 2016)

H. David Vuckson
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Stephen Leacock and the I.O.D.E. at the Grand Opera House (January 2017) -- H. David Vuckson
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The Craigleith Shale Oil Works (March 2017) -- H. David Vuckson
Unlike the Pretty River Valley Oil Scam of 1941 which was a total flimflam, the Craigleith Shale Oil Works (1859-1863) was a genuine operation that produced barrels of oil that were shipped out of Collingwood by the railway for a few short years before... Click Here


Death Knell On The Hamilton and North Western Railway (August 2017) -- H. David Vuckson
In the 19th Century, railways were the last word in transportation on land when there was nothing faster to compare them to.  The few roads that existed were often impassable... Click Here


David A. Manson, Seller of Pianos and Wallpaper (October 2017) -- H. David Vuckson
In the early 20th Century, one of the major piano dealers in Collingwood was David A. Manson (March 3, 1884-June 18, 1947).  David Alexander Manson was one of three sons of John Manson... Click Here


A Depression-Era Collingwood Ship Makes its Final Journey (September 2017) -- H. David Vuckson
The Great Depression of the 1930’s saw little activity at the Collingwood Shipyard other than grass growing on the two building berths as well as some repair work on older ships. The year 1930... Click Here


FROM GRAMMAR SCHOOL TO COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE - THE CONTINUING JOURNEY OF THE WISE OLD OWL AND ITS CONNECTION TO SEVERAL SCHOOL BUILDINGS  (January 2018) -- H. David Vuckson
The origins of Collingwood Collegiate Institute (C.C.I.) go back to 1857 with the opening of Collingwood’s “Grammar School”, a term borrowed from England and used to define privileged secondary education as distinct from elementary schools.  Classes were held wherever accommodation could be found... Click Here


COLLINGWOOD WAS SPARED FROM A FENIAN RAID 150 YEARS AGO (OCTOBER 2016) -- H. David Vuckson
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Stories of Collingwood

COLLINGWOOD NEVER HAD A PIANO FACTORY (MARCH 2016) — H. David Vuckson
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Joel Underwood's Creek (December 2017) -- H. David Vuckson
Around 1852-53 before the Hen & Chickens Harbour had its name changed to “Collingwood Harbour”, and then eventually to just “Collingwood”, there was a great deal of unsettled land in what is now the old, long-established part of town west of Hurontario St.... Click Here


COLLINGWOOD SHIPYARD DID NOT ALWAYS HAVE CRANES (APRIL 2016) — H. David Vuckson

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The Message of the Bluebird Staged (May 2017) -- H. David Vuckson
In mid-November of 1923 an original Canadian light opera entitled The Message of The Bluebird was presented in the Collingwood Grand Opera House on two evenings plus one afternoon matinee.  The composer, who...... Click Here


ICE CREAM CONES, BOWLING PINS & BICYCLES (NOVEMBER 2016)

-- H. David Vuckson
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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.

THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE WAS ONCE THE COMMUNITY GATHERING PLACE (JUNE 2016) — H. David Vuckson
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A RETROSPECTIVE LOOK AT SOME HURONTARIO STREET FIRES (SEPTEMBER 2016)

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 "A window on the past to enrich the future"

Fred O'Brien Wore Many Hats (November 2017) -- H. David Vuckson
My great-grandfather’s older brother, Fred Weber O’Brien was born in Barrie in May 1845 to parents Frederick O’Brien and Mary Weber from Dublin, Ireland.  Throughout his long life.... Click Here


The Tragic Launching of the Tadoussac (December 2016) -- H. David Vuckson
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The Carnegie Library Revisited (April 2017) -- H. David Vuckson
This story was originally published in the Enterprise-Bulletin newspaper on April 12, 2013 under the title THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY REMEMBERED.  This is an expanded version of that story.   ..... Click Here


The Pretty River Oil Scam (February 2017) -- H. David Vuckson
The definitive eye witness account of this story by Ruth Carmichael Bryan (1923-1975) was published by the Enterprise-Bulletin in 1967 in a collection called “Tales of Collingwood” under the title “Bonanza”.The time was the spring of 1941... Click Here


Town Hall Monuments of the Past (July 2017) -- H. David Vuckson
This story originally appeared in the Enterprise-Bulletin newspaper on July 11, 2014.  This is a much-expanded version of that story for Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation ... Click Here


Victoria Public School - The Grand Old Lady of Maple Street (June 2017) -- H. David Vuckson
This story contains my reminiscences of being a student at Victoria Public School on Maple St. in the years 1952-1958.  For the “hard” facts of the history of the building(s) I am indebted to .... Click Here


SHOPPING FOR SHOES WITH X-RAYS (JULY 2016)

—  H. David Vuckson
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