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  • Reminiscences of Dr. Langstaff
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  • Prize-winning speech given by Bruce Langstaff
    Exhibit       Prize-winning speech given by Bruce Langstaff, Richmond Hill Public School, February, 1952.
    Exhibit     Prize-winning speech given by Bruce Langstaff, Richmond Hill Public School, February, 1952.
  • Riemann family tree
    ImageGenealogical Resource       Jacob Riemann's family tree showing his descendants who resided in Richmond Hill.
    ImageGenealogical Resource     Jacob Riemann's family tree showing his descendants who resided in Richmond Hill.
  • Trench family of Richmond Hill
    Exhibit       A history of Trench family of Richmond Hill written by W.D.T. Atkinson.
    Exhibit     A history of Trench family of Richmond Hill written by W.D.T. Atkinson.
  • Atkinson family of Richmond Hill
    Exhibit       A history of Atkinson family of Richmond Hill written for The Tweedsmuir History by W. Donald T. Atkinson, Principal Glebe Collegiate, Ottawa.
    Exhibit     A history of Atkinson family of Richmond Hill written for The Tweedsmuir History by W. Donald T. Atkinson, Principal Glebe Collegiate, Ottawa.
  • Valentine card
    Image       Stoney Creek March 8th/56 My Dear Miss Grace Rosevenor A little word in kindness spoken A motion or a tear as often healed that's and made a friend sincere a word a look as brushed to carth full many a beeding [?] flower which had smiled but owned its birth ...
    Image     Stoney Creek March 8th/56 My Dear Miss Grace Rosevenor A little word in kindness spoken A motion or a tear as often healed that's and made a friend sincere a ...
  • Letter written by Colonel Robert Moodie
    Text       A letter written by Colonel Moodie to James Newton concerning rent of a room in a house.
    Text     A letter written by Colonel Moodie to James Newton concerning rent of a room in a house.
  • Indenture for a parcel of land
    Text       An indenture indicating a purchase of a parcel of land in Vaughan by James Newton from Aaron Munshaw.
    Text     An indenture indicating a purchase of a parcel of land in Vaughan by James Newton from Aaron Munshaw.
  • Receipt for contract work on Plank Road
    Text       Receipt for contract work on Plank Road issued by Mr. Teefy, Secretary and Treasurer.
    Text     Receipt for contract work on Plank Road issued by Mr. Teefy, Secretary and Treasurer.
  • Receipt for building a bridge on Plank Road
    Text       In the year 1850, a company was formed called "The Markham and Elgin Mills Plank Road Company", with Mathew Teefy as Secretary-Treasurer, to plank the side road from Elgin Mills across to the 4th concession, then south through Victoria Square to Cashel. Toll gates were established where travelers paid for ...
    Text     In the year 1850, a company was formed called "The Markham and Elgin Mills Plank Road Company", with Mathew Teefy as Secretary-Treasurer, to plank the side road from Elgin Mills ...
  • Receipt for measuring of Plank road
    Text       Front side: Elgin Mills 21st May 1850 £0 7s 6d Received from Sec. Mr. Dickson [?] seven shilling and six pence [?] for chain bearing two day to Sec. McPhipps P.L.[?] measuring road for the Markham Elgin Mills Plank Road Company Francis Chadwick Back side: Receipt £0 7s 6d Francis ...
    Text     Front side: Elgin Mills 21st May 1850 £0 7s 6d Received from Sec. Mr. Dickson [?] seven shilling and six pence [?] for chain bearing two day to Sec. McPhipps ...
  • Receipt for work done on Plank Road
    Text       £ 14 19s 0d Binghause Hotel 19th October 1850 Received from M. Teefy Sec. & Treasurer of Markham Elgin Mills Plank Roas Company Fourteen Pounds 19s 0d on as[?] of Plank. A. Fenwick
    Text     £ 14 19s 0d Binghause Hotel 19th October 1850 Received from M. Teefy Sec. & Treasurer of Markham Elgin Mills Plank Roas Company Fourteen Pounds 19s 0d on as[?] of ...
  • Memorandum given to James Newton before his departure for Canada
    Text       Front side: Wallaces Green Berwick upon Tweed 13th May 1833 Memorandum For Mr. James Newton as he is going to North America for him to be so good as write to me in the course of the summer 1835 - and let me know how they are all making out ...
    Text     Front side: Wallaces Green Berwick upon Tweed 13th May 1833 Memorandum For Mr. James Newton as he is going to North America for him to be so good as write ...
  • James Newton's contract of employment
    Text       July 8 1835 I do here by to do all the carpenter and joiner work of every description of Mr. Smith's House glazing included in a substantial and workman like manner for the sum of one hundred and fifteen pounds currency according to the plan and specification James Newton
    Text     July 8 1835 I do here by to do all the carpenter and joiner work of every description of Mr. Smith's House glazing included in a substantial and workman like ...
  • The Kinnear murder
    Exhibit       A description of the events pertaining to the murder of Captain Kinnear of Richmond Hill in 1843.
    Exhibit     A description of the events pertaining to the murder of Captain Kinnear of Richmond Hill in 1843.
  • Kinnear Home
    Image       A photograph of the Kinnear Home, Lot 52, Yonge St.
    Image     A photograph of the Kinnear Home, Lot 52, Yonge St.
  • Letter written by Mr. Kinnear
    Image       To Mr. Newton Dear Sir, I have been put into a state of annoyance by Hugh Glass’s wife sending up an account she has trumped up against Mrs. Higgins. She has rendered Mrs. H. perfectly useless and ill, and as I mast go into Toronto tomorrow cost what will you ...
    Image     To Mr. Newton Dear Sir, I have been put into a state of annoyance by Hugh Glass’s wife sending up an account she has trumped up against Mrs. Higgins. She ...
  • Mahoney family
    Image       A photograph of Mr. and Mrs. James Mahoney, their children and grandchildren. The family lived at the end of Mill St. across the Phipps house. Mr. Mahoney worked at the Patterson plant for $1.50 a day.
    Image     A photograph of Mr. and Mrs. James Mahoney, their children and grandchildren. The family lived at the end of Mill St. across the Phipps house. Mr. Mahoney worked at the ...
  • Mr. and Mrs. William Furey
    Image       A photograph of Mr. and Mrs. William Furey, who resided on Trench Street in the house that was later occupied by Norman Brown. Mr. Furey had been in the Northwest Rebellion. The brick for this house was made in the yard immediately east of it. The house was bought by ...
    Image     A photograph of Mr. and Mrs. William Furey, who resided on Trench Street in the house that was later occupied by Norman Brown. Mr. Furey had been in the Northwest ...
  • Certificate of appointment of James Newton as Quarter Master in the 6th Battalion of York Militia
    Image       This document, dated at Quebec City, July 1, 1852, authorizing the appointment of James Newton, a resident of the district, as Quarter Master in the 6th Battalion of York Militia, bears the sign of the Earl Elgin and Kinkardine, Governor General of British North America at the time. Lord Elgin ...
    Image     This document, dated at Quebec City, July 1, 1852, authorizing the appointment of James Newton, a resident of the district, as Quarter Master in the 6th Battalion of York Militia, ...
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Tweedsmuir History


Tweedsmuir Histories were perhaps the first “organized”, although amateur approach to recording local history. The idea was articulated by Susan Buchan, Baroness Tweedsmuir, who was the wife of John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir, and Governor General of Canada in 1935-1940. This digital collection contains materials from the scrapbook compiled by the members of the Richmond Hill Branch of Women's Institute. The include photographs, maps, reports, programs, and historical essays.