Re: 1812 Fund-raiser for Quartermaster-General Robert Nichol Plaque
- Hi Cheryl,
Julia and I are in the process of moving to the Simcoe area and will try to come down for the fund-raiser. We have to be packed up and out of our house in Kitchener on the 25th and move in to our new place West of Townsend on 13 Concession on the 29th. Things will be a bit frantic at that time but we will do our best.
Would period dress add to the occassion?
British Indian Department
From: deadlywoman52 <deadlywoman52@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:27:15 PM
Subject: 1812 Fund-raiser for Quartermaster-General Robert Nichol Plaque
A very special fund-raiser will take place at the Port Dover Harbour Museum on Thursday, May 14th, starting at 7.30 p.m.
If you need an excuse to visit Port Dover on a spring evening, this is it -- go for supper, take a stroll, then head on over to the museum.
The event is being billed as the Robert Nichol Roadshow. Bob Blakeley and Cheryl MacDonald will present their popular discussion of the life of Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Nichol, Quartermaster- General of Militia, 1812-1815.
The presentation starts with a dramatic monologue from Cheryl in the role of Theresa Nichol, then shifts to a discussion of Nichol's experiences during and after the War of 1812.
The presentation will be augmented by period music from Ian Bell, curator at the museum, who is also a very talented and well known musician.
The main purpose of the event is to raise funds for an Ontario historical plaque that will be unveiled in Port Dover in September.
You can find out more about the event by visiting the museum's website, www.portdovermuseum .ca and check out their special events.
Robert Nichol was an EXTREMELY important individual in early Ontario history - a merchant, miller and businessman who was probably the wealthiest man in Norfolk County in 1812. He also commanded the 2nd regiment of the Norfolk Militia at a time when men from Haldimand County served with the Norfolks.
He was Quartermaster- General of Militia for Upper Canada during the war, responsible for supplying the troops with shelter, food, transportation and other equipment. A close friend of Isaac Brock, he was in charge of gathering the boats needed to transport troops to Amherstburg prior to the capture of Detroit.
But he did a lot more than that.
He also served as MLA for Norfolk from 1812 until his tragic and mysterious death in 1824. Norfolk Street in Simcoe was once named Nichol Street in his honour, and one of the early settlements in the Simcoe area was named Theresaville, after his wife.
The War of 1812 Bicentennial is coming up in 2012, which means there is going to be a lot of interest in various people involved in the war. The plaque is one way of bringing attention to one of the most influential characters of the time -- one who happened to have strong connections to this area, as well as to Niagara and Windsor/Detroit.
If you'd like to learn more about Nichol, visit www.heronwoodent. ca or check out the Dictionary of Canadian Biography article at
http://www.biograph i.ca/009004- 119.01-e. php?&id_nbr= 3047&&PHPSESSID= 69tooit08cnh4dvc 6qq4dlijg0
Hope to see you in Dover on May 14.
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