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Building the Thornbury Continuation School

Building the Thornbury Continuation School

Dillon Brothers Construction building the Thornbury Continuation School at the corner of Elma St. South and Alfred St. West, where Beaver Valley Community Centre is now.

The Thornbury Continuation School included grades 1 to 12.


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Bertha Short and Agnes Collins

Bertha Short and Agnes Collins

Girls Bertha Short and Agnes Collins beside the flume from dam at Kolapore dam.


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Charlie, Gordon and Aubrey Collins with Fred Cully at Charlie's Mill

Charlie, Gordon and Aubrey Collins with Fred Cully at Charlie's Mill

Charlie Collins and hired man Fred Cully at Charlie's mill. Charlie's sons Gordon and Aubrey sit on huge logs.
 


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Benjamin Moore House

Benjamin Moore House

This photograph is of the Benjamin Moore house, circa 1855. Lot 28, concession 12. Just north of Heathcote off of Grey Road 40. 

According to the Historical Atlas of Grey and Bruce Counties from 1880, Benjamin Moore was listed as a farmer born in Canada in 1837. He settled in Grey County in 1861 and "owned 200 acres in Lot 28, Concession 12, worth $14,000."


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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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Charlie Collins and Fred Curly at the Mill

Charlie Collins and Fred Curly at the Mill

Charlie Collins to the left and Fred Curly on the right. Collins with his sons; Gordon and Aubrey. This picture was taken at Collin's Mill at the Kolapore Dam. 


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Willard Rorke and Gertrude Rorke Diller

Willard Rorke and Gertrude Rorke Diller

 Willard Rorke (baby), Gertrude Rorke Diller (woman)

Willard Rorke would have been three months old in this picture. Gertrude Rorke Diller was in fact Willard’s Aunt. His mother had died in either childbirth or a little after his birth. Gertrude Rorke Diller raised Willard.

 


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Willard Rorke - Infant

Willard Rorke - Infant

Willard Rorke (baby) and possibly Gertrude Rorke Diller. Willard is possibly in a christening gown.


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Willard Rorke - Child

Willard Rorke - Child

Willard Rorke, at two years of age, wearing boots, hat and tunic. This photograph was made into a postcard.

 


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Willard Rorke - Miliary costume postcard

Willard Rorke - Miliary costume postcard

Willard Rorke, age seven, wearing a military costume. This photograph had been made into a postcard which had been sent to his cousin Teddy in 1916.


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A Portrait of Gertrude Rorke Diller

A Portrait of Gertrude Rorke Diller

A portrait of Gertrude Rorke Diller. On the back of the photograph a written note can be seen, the message from Willard calling Gertrude his dear mother.

 

 

 


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Portrait of William Ormand Rorke and Willard Rorke

Portrait of William Ormand Rorke and Willard Rorke

William Ormand Rorke and Willard Rorke. William Ormand Rorke was Willard's father, he lived between 1887-1963.

 

 

 

 


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Willard Rorke and his 2i/c

Willard Rorke and his 2i/c

Willard Rorke and his 2i/c. On the back of the photograph Willard remarks that he hasn't faded on war rations. 

 

 

 


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Willard Rorke - “The fighting Irish”

Willard Rorke - “The fighting Irish”

Willard Rorke in his Calgary highlanders regimental uniform. On the bottom right hand corner the photograph is  Willard's signiture as well as the saying “The fighting Irish”.

 

 


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Willard Rorke with his dog

Willard Rorke with his dog

Willard Rorke in his military wear with his dog.

 


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Willard Rorke in a Kilt

Willard Rorke in a Kilt

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Major Willard Rorke

Major Willard Rorke

A large portrait photograph of Major Willard Rorke in his Calgary highlanders uniform.

 

 


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Retired Major Willard Rorke

Retired Major Willard Rorke

A photograph of a retired Major Willard Rorke

 

 


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Gertrude Rorke Diller

Gertrude Rorke Diller

Gertrude Rorke Diller, Willard's mum, in Edmonton during the summer.


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Marjorie and Helen Lawr

Marjorie and Helen Lawr

Photo of Helen (left) and Marjorie (right) sent to their aunt, Gertrude. They were daughters of Mr. and Mrs John W. Lawr (Alice Rorke, daughter of Colonel and Mrs Edward Rorke.)


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David Edward Colville Rorke

David Edward Colville Rorke

A portrait of David Edward Colville Rorke at 7 months.


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Tin photograph - unidentified women

Tin photograph - unidentified women

A tin photograph with a woman standing. The woman is unidentified but is believed to be part of the Rorke family.


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Tin photograph - unidentified women

Tin photograph - unidentified women

A tin photograph with a woman leaning against a fence. The woman is unidentified but is believed to be part of the Rorke family.


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Willard Rorke, Gertrude Rorke and Elizabeth Rorke

Willard Rorke, Gertrude Rorke and Elizabeth Rorke

Willard Rorke, Gertrude Rorke and Elizabeth Rorke. Willard Rorke with his mum Gertrude who is holding Elizabeth (born June 17, 1946)

 


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Family Photograph

Family Photograph

A family photograph of the Rorke Family. From L-R - Margaret Rorke holding Elizabeth, Ormond William Rorke, Willard Rorke with a hand on Gertrude Rorke Diller and John Newell in front. Edmonton, June 1946.


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Elizabeth Rorke

Elizabeth Rorke

Elizabeth Rorke sitting in a chair. She would have been a year old when the photograph was taken.


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Willard Rorke and Elizabeth Rorke

Willard Rorke and Elizabeth Rorke

Willard Rorke holding, his daughter, Elizabeth Rorke in the air.


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Pearl Rorke, Virginia Rorke Mckim, and Libby Rorke

Pearl Rorke, Virginia Rorke Mckim, and Libby Rorke

Pearl Rorke, Virginia Rorke Mckim (1918 - July 16, 1998), and Libby Rorke. Peal was a step-Grandmother to Libby Rorke, and a mother to Virginia Rorke Mckim. Virginia Rorke Mckim would have been an aunt to Libby.

 

 

 

 


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Craigleith Provincial Park - Fossil Photo

Craigleith Provincial Park - Fossil Photo

This photograph shows the fossils that can be found at the Craigleith Provincial Park.


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Castor Photography - Young Woman With Long Hair - Part A

Castor Photography - Young Woman With Long Hair - Part A

This old style photograph shows a young woman with long dark hair posed in a sitting position. A name is inscribed on the back of the photograph, Allark O. William. This photograph was most likely given to Allark O. William as a gift by the young lady in the photograph. Taken by Castor Photography, Collingwood


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Castor Photography - Young Woman With Long Hair - Part B

Castor Photography - Young Woman With Long Hair - Part B

This is the back of the photograph depicting a young woman with long dark hair posed in a sitting position. This photograph shows the written name of Allark O. William. This photograph was most likely given to Allark O. William as a gift by the young lady in the photograph. Taken by Castor Photography, Collingwood.


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Castor Photography Collingwood - Woman With an Umbrella - Part A

Castor Photography Collingwood - Woman With an Umbrella - Part A

This old style photograph shows a young woman standing with an umbrella used as a prop. On the back of the photograph there is a written note saying “from Jenny, with love to Nate”. Taken by Castor Photography Collingwood, in 1882.


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Castor Photography Collingwood - Woman With an Umbrella - Part B

Castor Photography Collingwood - Woman With an Umbrella - Part B

This is the back side of the photograph with the young woman standing with an umbrella used as a prop. This photograph shows the written note that says “from Jenny, with love to Nate”. Taken by Castor Photography Collingwood, in 1882.


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Castor Photography Collingwood - Child in Christening Gown

Castor Photography Collingwood - Child in Christening Gown

This old style photograph shows a small child in his/her christening gown. The photograph was taken by Castor Photography Collingwood.


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Castor Photography Collingwood - Portrait of a Man

Castor Photography Collingwood - Portrait of a Man

This old style photograph shows a portrait of a young man. Taken by Castor Photography Collingwood


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Nright Collingwood - Family portrait

Nright Collingwood - Family portrait

This old style photograph shows a family portrait.  Taken by Nright Collingwood.


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Castor Photography Collingwood - Child in Christening Gown

Castor Photography Collingwood - Child in Christening Gown

This old style photograph shows a young child in christening gown. Taken by Castor photography Collingwood


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A.H. Slade & Co. Collingwood - Portrait of a women

A.H. Slade & Co. Collingwood - Portrait of a women

This old style photograph shows the portrait of a young women. The photograph was taken by A.H. Slade & Co. Collingwood.


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A.H. Slade & Co. Collingwood - Portrait of a Man

A.H. Slade & Co. Collingwood - Portrait of a Man

This old style photograph shows a portrait of a young man. Taken by A. H. Slade & Co. Collingwood.


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J. H. Davis Photography - Portrait of a women

J. H. Davis Photography - Portrait of a women

This old style photograph hows a full body portrait of a middle aged women. It was taken by J. H. Davis, the people's photographer in Collingwood.


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J.A Castor photographer - Portrait of a young man

J.A Castor photographer - Portrait of a young man

This old style photograph shows the portrait of a young man. It was taken by J.A Castor photographer in Collingwood.


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J.A Castor photography - Portrait of a young man standing

J.A Castor photography - Portrait of a young man standing

This old style photograph shows a young man leaning against a log (portrait full length). Taken by J. A Castor Photography in Collingwood.


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Algowood Launch at Collingwood Harbour

Algowood Launch at Collingwood Harbour

This postcard photograph shows the Algowood being launched at Collingwood Harbour. The Algowood was a 750 ft long ship weighing 26,000 tons.


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Tin photograph - unidentified man with a hat

Tin photograph - unidentified man with a hat

This tin photograph is of a young man standing infront of a back drop holding a hat.


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Tin photograph - unidentified man with a plaid shirt

Tin photograph - unidentified man with a plaid shirt

This tin photograph is a portrait of a middle aged man.


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Tin photograph - unidentified women surrounded by flowers

Tin photograph - unidentified women surrounded by flowers

This tin photograph is a portrait of a middle age women who is leaning against a wooden piece of furniture, black and white photograph.


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Tin photograph - unidentified women sitting down

Tin photograph - unidentified women sitting down

This tin photograph is a portrait of a middle aged women sitting agaisnt a wooden structure.


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Tin photograph - unidentified man and women

Tin photograph - unidentified man and women

This tin photograph is a portrait of a man sitting while a woman stands beside him.


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Tin photograph - unidentified man posing with a table

Tin photograph - unidentified man posing with a table

This tin photograph is a portrait of young man sitting down.


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Tin photograph - unidentified man siting next to a table

Tin photograph - unidentified man siting next to a table

This tin photograph is close up portrait of young man sitting down.


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Edith Marsh - Newspaper photograph

Edith Marsh - Newspaper photograph

Newspaper photograph of Edith Marsh


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Tin photograph - unidentified man with small child

Tin photograph - unidentified man with small child

This tin photograph is a portrait of an older man sitting with a child on his lap.


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Blue Mountain Ski School and Georgian Tavern

Blue Mountain Ski School and Georgian Tavern

Photograph of skiers outside of the Blue Mountain ski school and Georgian Tavern.


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Blue Mountain Parking Lot

Blue Mountain Parking Lot

Photograph of the parking lot at the base of the Blue Mountain ski hill. You can see some of the skiers walking to the hil.


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Two Skiers walking to the Blue Mountain

Two Skiers walking to the Blue Mountain

Compact photograph of two women walking to Blue Mountain, cars are lined the roadway.


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The Depot - Exterior Black and White

The Depot - Exterior Black and White

Compact photograph of the north facade exterior of The Depot.


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 Photograph of a T & NR train

Photograph of a T & NR train

5 x 7 photograph of a T & NR train. This is a computer print of the photograph.


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Mary Ward Medal

Mary Ward Medal

Photograph of a Mary Ward Medal, it was awarded to Frank Moberly “In recognition of his humane and gallant exertions in the rescue of the crew and passengers of the propeller Mary Ward on 25th November 1872”


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Letter for Rescuer of the Mary Ward Wreck

Letter for Rescuer of the Mary Ward Wreck

Photograph of a letter, addressed to one of the men who helped the victims of the Mary Ward wreck, it states that the rescuer would have been awarded $15, black and white, letter circa 1872.


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Knapmans House, Toronto

Knapmans House, Toronto

Photograph of Knapmans house in Toronto, August 1935 or 1938. Front of the house is photographed


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Suyrea’s Kourey-Knapman's Mother

Suyrea’s Kourey-Knapman's Mother

This photograph is possibly of Suyrea’s Kourey-Knapman's mother. The photograph was take in July of 1954 and most likely was taken at the Knapman's home in Toronto.


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