1836 petition of inhabitants of Bathurst and Ottawa districts

As I mentioned in my previous post, there is now a huge amount of LAC (Library and Archives Canada) material at Canadiana.org's Héritage website. This material includes 94 digitized microfilm reels of LAC's Upper Canada Sundries (RG 5 A1), 1766-1841 series. Héritage describes the series as follows: This series is part of the Civil Secretary’s Correspondence … Continue reading 1836 petition of inhabitants of Bathurst and Ottawa districts

John Alexander Moran, 1934-2013

John Alexander, Sir John A, John, Johnny, Dad, Da, Daddy. The Big Guy, Ye Big Hoser. My father, John Alexander Moran (6 September 1934-14 March 2013), in an early-1960s, "Mad Men"-era photograph. He's the tall, dark, and handsome young rogue at the far left:  Lahey cousin in the background. As always, and of course.

“she & her infant family are left totally destitute”: the Widow Hourigan petitions the Crown (part I)

LAC's Upper Canada Land Petitions (1763-1865) database is an index to the petitions, with the actual (that is to say, the digitized microforms of the actual) petitions found elsewhere at the LAC site. Somewhat annoyingly, there is no direct link from the index to the digitized microforms of the actual petitions. The index to the … Continue reading “she & her infant family are left totally destitute”: the Widow Hourigan petitions the Crown (part I)

The Barley Grain For Me (O.J. Abbott and Pete Seeger)

O.J. [Oliver John] Abbott, Home Child, singing "The Barley Grain For Me" with Pete Seeger, at the Newport Folk Festival, 1959-60: How/why did this English orphan from Paddington, London know so many of the old Irish tunes? Because when he was sent to Canada, as an 8- or 9-year old boy, he was placed with … Continue reading The Barley Grain For Me (O.J. Abbott and Pete Seeger)