MEETINGS & UPCOMING EVENTS:
The Society holds its monthly meetings at 7:15 for a 7:30 p.m. start in the Rousseau Room at Swansea Town Hall on the first Wednesday of October, November, December, February, March, April, and May, with a short business meeting followed by a guest speaker, light refreshments and time to reminisce. Our Annual Walk is always held on the first Saturday in June.
Wednesday April 3, 2019 Speaker: Kelly Mathews – “The Road to Marylake”. In 2018, we enjoyed a most entertaining talk by author Kelly Mathews on the subject of Lady Flora Eaton’s lavish country estate in King Township. We are delighted that Kelly will be returning to talk about the subject of her latest book which deals with“Marylake”, the neighbouring country estate of Sir Henry Pellatt, better known as the builder of Casa Loma. (For those wishing to check out these historic properties, the Eaton estate is now the King Campus of Seneca College, while the Pellatt Estate is now the site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace. The two properties are north of the 15th Sideroad and west of Dufferin Ave).
Wednesday May 1, 2019 Speaker Alexandra Kim – “A Royal Presentation: Curating the Dress Collection at Kensington Palace”. Have you ever wondered what it is like to dress like a King or Queen? Learn howto dress “royally” from Alexandra Kim, formerly a Curator at England’s historic KensingtonPalace, home of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection which contains items dating from the 1500s to the present day. After working in a variety of British museums, Alexandra moved to Canada. She is now a Curator with the City of Toronto, in charge of Montgomery’s Inn in Etobicoke and Gibson House in North York.
Saturday June 8, 2019 SHS Annual Guided Walking Tour – Start time and location to be determined. Please note that the date for this year’s walk is tentatively scheduled for June 8, unlike past years when the walk has usually been held on the first Saturday in June.
Wednesday October 2, 2019 Annual General Meeting & Elections, 7:30 pm Speaker: Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens. Dr. Galbraith recently gave a most interesting presentation to the Swansea Horticultural Society, and we look forward to welcoming him back to Swansea in October. Among other topics related to the local history of horticulture, he will be talking about Swansea’s William Rennie, and the history of the Rennie Seed Company.
Wednesday November 6, 2019 – Speaker: Richard Jordan – “Hurricane Hazel and its Legacy” 2019 marks the 65th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel, the most deadly natural disaster in recorded history to hit southern Ontario. Many of the deaths occurred in the valley of the Humber River. With a background in surveying, Richard Jordan recently retired from the City of Mississauga, where he was responsible for the property-mapping database and municipal addressing. He is a former President of the Etobicoke Historical Society, and he has written local- history columns for the Etobicoke Guardian and Toronto Star.
We are always looking for donations of old photographs and memorabilia and are interested in any stories or historical information you may have of the Swansea area, so please contact us!
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To the right are a few pictures from our archives … click here for more background explanation of each picture!