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The Town of the Blue Mountains was formed in 2001 with the amalgamation of the Township of Collingwood and the Town of Thornbury. Communities in the municipality include Thornbury, Banks, Camperdown, Castle Glen Estates, Christie Beach, Clarksburg, Craigleith, Duncan, Gibraltar, Heathcote, Hurlburt, Kolapore, Little Germany, Loree, Ravenna, Redwing, Slabtown, and Victoria Corners.


Clarksburg

Clarksburg was founded by William Jabez Marsh.

James Family

James Family

Left to right: Viola James (McArthur) mother of Jesse, Wesley James, Albert James (uncle to Jesse), Jesse James.

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Thornbury circa 1912 as remembered by H. Elmer Cook

Thornbury circa 1912 as remembered by H. Elmer Cook

A hand drawn map of Thornbury, its businesses and residences, in around 1912. H. Elmer Cook, of Meaford, Ontario.

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Topographical map of the township of Collingwood [1872]

Topographical map of the township of Collingwood [1872]

From original and other surveys by J. Fleming, 1872.

"The Mountain and other topography is as accurate as can be determined from surveys up to the present time. The names on the lots are from the Revised Assessment Rolls of the Municipality.'

"Occupants of lots are mostly owners, but some are tenants."

"Scale: 40 chains to an inch."
 

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Truck loaded with lumber

Truck loaded with lumber

Truck hauling lumber from the McKean Mill to the Massey Harris Company.

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Collingwood Township Coucil, 1931

Collingwood Township Coucil, 1931

Photograph of the Collingwood Township Council in 1931. 

From top left: Norman Kneff; Charleton Cardiner; W.I. Fields (Reeve); Emerson Brown (Reeve); Ross Bowen (Redwing); Dr. Frank Moore; F.R. McKnight (Board of Health); Bruce Hamilton (Township Clerk); Charles Pyei (Treasurer); J.B. Ferguson; William Weir (Road Superintendent).

 

 

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Richard Hallam and Horse Team

Richard Hallam and Horse Team

Richard Hallam, Lois Plummer's grandfather, worked for local farmers and lumber mills in the Beaver Valley area from the late 1800s to the 1920s. Here he is posing with his two horses who were used to pull heavy materials and as transportation. 

 

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Portrait of Hannah Rorke Moore

Portrait of Hannah Rorke Moore

Portrait of Mrs. Benjamin Moore (Hannah Rorke Moore), circa 1920s.

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Country Home on Grey Road 2

Country Home on Grey Road 2

Photograph of a country home located on Grey Road 2 at 496487. Owned by Bill Wright family during the early 1900s and was later sold to the McNallys. 

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June Abbotts, Miss Beaver Valley 1946

June Abbotts speaking about her experience becoming Miss Beaver Valley in 1946.

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The Presbyterian Heritage Cemetery

The Presbyterian Heritage Cemetery

The Presbyterian Heritage Cemetery located at 595190 on the 4th line, just south of Gibraltor. 

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Letter: Messrs. Lloyds of London - W. Rorke (part 2)

Letter: Messrs. Lloyds of London - W. Rorke (part 2)

 

Letter to Messrs. Lloyds of London from W. Rorke. The letter talks about Rorke finding a transcription of his great grandfather’s diary as well as the voyage from Ireland to Canada

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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 15

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 15

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Page 8

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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 12

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 12

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Back of page 6

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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 14

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 14

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Back of page 7

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Letter from Willard to his mother - 3-1-36 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother - 3-1-36 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the Union club Aden Arabia. Willard wrote a two page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 3, 1936. Page 1

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A Brief Ancestry - Dr Annie S. Rorke-Greenwood

A Brief Ancestry - Dr Annie S. Rorke-Greenwood

This docment was compiled by Dr Annie S. Rorke-Greenwood in August 1939. Dr Rorke-Greenwood made a brief description of the ancestry of the Rorke family.

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Willard Rorke - Chaplain of the Royal Navy - Part 3

Willard Rorke - Chaplain of the Royal Navy - Part 3

This document shows Willard Rorke recieve a special Ecclesiastical Licence from the Archbiship of Canterbury which would allow him to become a Chaplain for the Royal Navy.

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Edward Rorke - Cemetery receipt - Part 1

Edward Rorke - Cemetery receipt - Part 1

Cemetery receipt for the Thornbury and Clarksburg Union Cemetery. The reciept document gives a plot of land to the heirs of Edward Rorke.

 

 

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Edward Rorke - Cemetery receipt - Part 2

Edward Rorke - Cemetery receipt - Part 2

Cemetery receipt for the Thornbury and Clarksburg Union Cemetery. The reciept document gives a plot of land to the heirs of Edward Rorke.

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Edward Rorke - Cemetery receipt - Part 3

Edward Rorke - Cemetery receipt - Part 3

Cemetery receipt for the Thornbury and Clarksburg Union Cemetery. The reciept document gives a plot of land to the heirs of Edward Rorke.

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Wedding announcement - Margaret Yvonne Newell to Willard Rorke - part 1

Wedding announcement - Margaret Yvonne Newell to Willard Rorke - part 1

Wedding announcement for Margaret Yvonne Newell to Willard Rorke

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Polaroid Photograph - Bushes outside the Depot

Polaroid Photograph - Bushes outside the Depot

This photograph is of the bushes outside The Depot restaurant. It was taken with a polaroid camera. Most likely taken in the spring or summer.

 

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