Do You Know Your Local History

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Do You Know Your Local History

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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is the Town and Regional Councillor for Ward 1. He was elected to Oakville's town council in October 2014. Sean lives with his wife and family in Bronte.

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Do you know where the names Belyea, Sovereign and Nelson came from? Do you know how old Bronte is? Every wonder what the First Nations history of the Bronte Creek River Basin is?

If any of these questions intrigue you, you may be interested in this and so much more through the Bronte Historical Society located in the historic Sovereign House at 7 West River Street. The organization is looking for volunteers to fill Board positions who help share the rich history of the Bronte area.

This coming Thursday they are hosting a speaking series at 7pm at the Sovereign House. Carolyn King of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations along with Paul Racher, an Archaeologist, who will talk about the rich history of the First Nations People in the area.

Please join the historical society Thursday, the costs is $2 for members and $3 for non-members.

As well, the Historical Society asked that I share their Heritage Quiz. See how many you can get right!

The Bronte Historical Society
Heritage Quiz
1. Who was the author of “The Story of Bronte”? ________________________
2. What was the name of the Major League Baseball Team that Ken Pollock, a Bronte resident, had a tryout with? __________________________________
3. Who was the longest serving principal of Bronte/Centriller Public School? ____________________
4. Who was a Bronte Commercial Fisherman and later became a Justice of the Peace? ____________________
5. How many years did Mazo de la Roche live in the Sovereign House? ______
6. What year was Bronte founded? ______________
7. Who was Bronte named in honour of? _______________________________
8. What is the name of the Bronte resident who was often referred to as the “Mayor of Bronte”? ____________________
9. What year did the notorious Boyd Gang stop in Bronte after their escape from the Don Jail in Toronto? _____________________
10. Who was the carpenter in Bronte who built 30 boats and 22 houses? _____________________

To help find out the answers, visit The Bronte Historical Society, which is located in Sovereign House, 7 West River Street, Oakville, Ontario which is situated just west of Bronte Creek and south of Lakeshore Road West. Sovereign House is open from late May to late October, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Admission is free.

Submit your Heritage Quiz answers to the Society before August 31, 2016.
Email: brontehistoricalsociety@bellnet.ca

Prize will be awarded to the person(s) with the most correct answers.

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  1. Sandra D. Taylor says:

    I was brought home from the hospital and brought up in Bronte… my parents lived there for over 50 years… and I know the names of those streets like the back of my hand… but I can only answer 2 of those questions… #’s 3 and 8. R.A Hopkins… and the mayor of Bronte was Bill.. do not know his last name. Wow.

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