Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V5#6 - 21 October, 2008
3 NEW CANADIAN RELEASES (2 Canadian, 1 British)
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- Two new Canadian books on CD.
- One new British book (made here, by Archive CD Books Canada.  
    Our first, but not our last!)
- 8  new Australian books on CD.
and the the news, gossip and announcements.
To find a book on CD on our web site take a note of the catalogue number - or use the “copy” function - go to the web site, click on the “Search Page” link and enter, or “paste,” the number into the “Product Number” box. Hit “Search” and then “More” and you will be in a position to reread the description or to place your order.
Alternatively you can browse through the catalogue using the drop down headings lists. We have tried to multi-list books where they correspond to more than one category but consider the possibility that the subject you are looking for may be under a related heading.
There is frequently more information about the books available on the web site than that which is included in the following descriptions. All prices in $Cdn.
3.1 Canadian Topics
*  History of the County of Perth from 1825 to 1902
CA0146:  $28.00
"I propose to write a history of the County of Perth, in order that those whom futurity will bring may know the story of pioneer life in this portion of Canada."  So begins William Johnston's thoughtful and detailed history of this section of the great Huron Tract.  Published in 1903 it recounts the events which took place but a mere 70 odd years before, bringing the advantage of relative freshness, and even living memory, to the account.
Perth County's beginnings are a little different to those of the more easterly districts of Upper Canada in that its land allocation, and so settlement, was made the responsibility of the Canada Company, and they decided to discharge this responsibility by initially using a system of land allocation described as "leasehold" as opposed to the more conventional direct sale, or freehold system, employed elsewhere.  The importance of this is that it enabled settlement by pioneers who had little or no actual material wealth other than a "strong back" and a dream of carving their own farm from the wilderness.  The early chapters of William's book explain all of this in some detail, pointing out both the advantages and the disadvantages of the system, even though he makes no "bones" about favouring it.
Having dealt with these early details the author settles down to follow the development of the county in many detailed aspects leading, inevitably to a discussion of the founding and growth of each of the significant centers of population including giving credit to those who took a leading part in the process.
Finally, more than 10% of the book is given over to what are more normally termed "Biographies" of the early settlers, although Mr. Johnston calls them "sketches."  There are several composite photographs of the leaders of various administrations.
This is a fine, detailed, well constructed and illustrated history of the county rich with information on civic development and naming many, perhaps all, of the bold pioneers who played their own part in the development of Perth County.
Fully computer searchable and search speed enhanced by the use of our FastFind technology.  A freely downloadable sampler of this splendid book is available from our "Downloads" page.
*  The Gold Stripe, No.1, 2 & 3 - 1919
CA0300:  $28.00
"A tribute to British Columbia Men who have been killed, crippled and wounded in the Great War."
This private publication was the brainchild of John Francis Bursill, the father of one of the war's victims.  The first volume appears to have been John's way of dealing with the loss of his son.  However, rather than concentrating on his loss he aimed his work at supporting those who survived and were engaged in the business of readjusting to a, now strange, civilian role.  Amongst these the ones with the greatest adjustment to make were those who were injured, and must relearn their childhood lessons of mobility and dexterity.  In a word, the amputees.  And so this work is ostensibly dedicated to the members of the "Amputation Club of British Columbia."  I say ostensibly because in reading the articles it quickly becomes clear that many of the contributors were using their contributions as an excuse for recording the harsh realities of the previous years, perhaps in the hope that it would bring them to a catharsis. 
The editor seems to have been a little surprised by the runaway success of the first volume and was clearly making plans for the production of a second volume even before the issue of the first.  (A loose order form for Vol.2 was included with Vol.1.)  And then in the introduction to Vol.2 there were references to plans being made for Vol.3.  Vol.1 was published in time for it to be suggested as a Christmas gift and the plans for Vol.3 called it also to be published before Christmas, presumably of the next year, indicating that it might be more correct to date the series of publications as 1918-19.
Contributions to the volumes take almost as many forms as there are contributors, but they may be roughly categorized as art, poetry and prose.  Much of the art comes in the form of cartoons, mainly illustrating military life but also articulating some of the issues the returning soldiers faced as they once again took up their civilian lives.  The remainder of the art comes in a wide variety of vehicles ranging from photography to sketches and paintings.
Poetry seems to have been the preferred means of expression of many of the soldiers with these contributions ranging in style from doggerel to epic.
Of course it is the prose contributions which provide us with our most valuable source of "hard" information.  Many of the nonfictional contributions are first-hand recountings of episodes from the war, some in the form of histories of events, some in the form of personal recollections, while others are outpourings of pent-up emotion and flights of fiction.  Add to this a number of "invited," homegrown contributions describing the actions being taken in the relocation process, as well as expressions of thanks and good will.
Possibly most important of all the contributions are the memorials placed by companies, organizations, communities, and even individuals, recording their Honor Rolls.  There are dozens of such memorials spread through the pages of the three volumes ranging in form from a simple printed list to photographic records of standing civic memorials.  In this reproduction we have taken great pains to make our facsimiles of these memorials as readable as we can, in some cases causing a degree of detriment in the depiction of the architecture of the memorial itself.  It seems to us that, in these cases, the names are more important than the detailed form of the memorial which carries them.  While it has not always been possible, where we can, we have also made these photographed names computer searchable to better assist the reader in locating a person of interest.
A listing of the groups submitting honor rolls has been extracted and will shortly be available for reference as a free download from our website.
This great book has been loaned to us by Marc Leroux. Marc has joined Chris Wight to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at: Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.
3.2 British Topic
*  Attleborough in War Time
CAB0329:  $19.00
Written by Major J. H. Kennedy and published privately in 1919 this book provides a record of the contribution the little town of Attleborough made to the allied victory in the Great War of 1914 - 1918, both at the front and within its own environs.
Situated in the county of Norfolk, on the road from Cambridge to Norwich, about 23 km. before you actually arrive in the city.  Besides the cider factory, Attleborough’s main claim to fame seems to be that in 1549 it was the centre of  the “Enclosures” rebellion when the locals tore down fences the landowners were constructing to enclose what had previously been common land.  And yet in this later time of national crisis, out of a total population of 2,500 souls, 550 of the town’s men served in the armed forces.   The book keeps alive the memory of these brave souls by recording the names and service records of each one as well as separately listing the Roll of Honor of those who gave their lives in the conflict.  Not that the remaining inhabitants stood idly by.  A good part of the book records the happenings in Attleborough in support of the war effort, the raising of funds, the establishment of hospitals and the special contributions by both individuals and local companies, all ably set, by the author, against the larger background of the progress of the fighting.
This is a “golden” resource for anyone researching ancestors with connections to this otherwise ordinary little town in rural Norfolk.  The text of the book is fully computer searchable and search speed is enhanced by our FastFind technology.
About this book and its Author :
We count ourselves fortunate indeed to have been approached by our good friend Caroline K Herbert to make a digital reproduction of this very rare book.  We have searched in the National collections of Great Britain, the USA and Canada without finding any trace of either this book or of its author.  Caroline also considers herself fortunate to have heard that the book was listed for discard by the Attelborough local library and that she managed to arrange for it to be held by friends until she could have it safely collected from England and delivered into her safekeeping.  We believe there are less than five surviving paper copies of this book, and all of those are in private hands.
The book is specially important to Caroline because Major John Henry Kennedy, the author, is her great uncle on her mother’s side.  For her, this book is a very special link to her ancestry, not only for the author, but because her grandfather, Admiral Francis William Kennedy, John Henry’s younger brother, was Captain of HMS  Indomitable during the Battle of Jutland and on page 44 he is noted as having given a first hand account of the famous battle to the town’s Red Cross Hospital and to the local Boy Scouts.
Please join with us in thanking Caroline for being so generous as to allow us to to make this digital edition available to you and for being able to place a copy of the CD in the archives of the Library of Canada. 
It has been pointed out to me that the tone of this month's new releases is a bit "War Like" so next month we will try to find some more peaceful subjects for our offerings.
5.1 From our Australian Partner:
*  Book of Remembrance of the University of Sydney in the Great War 1914-1918
AU2001:  $32.30
This is a 'Book of Remembrance', not simply a record of those who went abroad on active service in the Great War after becoming members of Sydney University or entering its employment.  It contains a roll of honour, a roll of service, details of associated memorials and information on those associated with the university who worked at home or in munitions. Each roll of service entry contains full name, university qualifications, details of the military regiment, when enlisted and where posted. Extra detail such as other education, member of various associations or later employed is sometimes included.  This large book is a valuable record for those interested in the Australian military in WWI, and who have connections with Sydney University.
No of pages in original: 600pp Year published: (1939)      
*  Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour
AU2004:  $28.20
As a memorial to the staff members from the Bank of New South Wales who served in World War One, the bank decided to produce this book to honour all who participated.   It is a record of officers of the Bank of New South Wales who enlisted in the 'British' armies, which includes Australia and New Zealand. The bank is proud of the fact that 793 officers enlisted from every branch in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and London out of a staff of 1750 men. This is the history of nearly 800 men who followed duty to serve their country. Arranged alphabetically by surname, each officer is listed together with a photograph, full name, rank, the battalion they were in and biographical details, as well as information on their military service. This is a wonderful memorial to those who saw war as it really was, and whose bravery helped shape the Australia that we see today. 
No of pages in original: 424pp Year published: (1921)
*  Australian Men of Mark 1889
AU2007:  $73.20
Australian Men of Mark was produced in two large volumes in 1888/1889. It is a wonderful centennial biographical record of thousands of men of the time.  This digital edition is unique and valuable in that it gathers all seven known variants of volume 2 into one complete fully searchable publication. All of volume 1 (same in all editions) and much of volume 2 contain substantial biographies and full page illustrations of the person concerned. Most volume 2 varients also include a significant selection of mini-biographies - enabling inclusion of many more than would have been possible in larger form.  There are nearly 750 main biographies and over 3000 mini-biographies in the appendixes of some of the volume 2 series.  The subjects of the biographies originate from many different countries, and come from all walks of life. The main biographies are mostly 2 or more pages long, and contain valuable biographical and historical information. There are full page sepia portraits throughout.  A helpful introduction by Keith Johnson is included.  This is a most valuable resource - doubly so because it gathers for the first time all known variant editions into a single fully searchable product.    
No of pages in original: 2891pp Year published: (1889-90)
*  Australia's Fighting Sons of the Empire (New South Wales & Queensland)
AU2009:  $32.30
This very rare record of many who fought in the Great War (1914-18) is now offered as a fully searchable facsimile of the original. Here is the New South Wales and Queensland edition of Australia’s Fighting Sons of the Empire , complementing the Western Australian volume of the same title the variant editions of All-Australia Memorial (also to be published by Archive CD Books Australia) and various other biographical records of the the 1914-18 war. This volume is a collection of biographies of approximately 1800 soldiers, each with significant biographical details. Each entry includes a photograph along with the name of the soldier, where they were born and educated, where and when they enlisted, the places they fought, when they came back or, if they died, where they were buried. Often included are other significant details about their war activities and their family.  The volume consists of people from New South Wales and Queensland and is therefore a great record for those interested in the First World War and the people who fought in it especially from these states of Australia.    
No of pages in original: 388pp Year published: (c1919)
*  Willoughby's Fifty Years 1865-1915     
AU2011:  $19.60
Willoughby is a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, in New South Wales. The Municipal Council of Willoughby encompasses the suburbs of Artarmon, Castle Cove, Castlecrag, Chatswood, Chatswood West, Middle Cove, Naremburn, North Willoughby, Northbridge, Willoughby and Willoughby East. The members of the Willoughby Council felt it fitting to produce a history of Willoughby's first 50 years as part of its Jubilee celebrations held in 1915. Covering the period from 1865 to 1915, details of the primary matters of public importance are mentioned, along with council matters and persons. A short account has been written about some of the businesses, industries and institutions. This together with information on pioneers of the district (both past and present), and the many photographs included makes for a wonderful historical record of this region.     
No of pages in original: 115pp Year published: (1916)  Author/Compiler: Claude Leplastrier
*  Jubilee History of Parramatta 1861-1911
AU2012:  $24.10
Published in 1911 to coincide with the Jubilee of Parramatta, this history is a wonderful record of a time past. Consisting of 200 pages the book is divided into two parts, the first being about the Parramatta Council and related topics. The rest of the book covers life in the early days - churches, schools, the defence force, societies, charities and institutions, sports, parks and the Sydney to Parramatta railway. Details of many personalities, including 'distinguished Parramattans' as well as other locals who are 'Men of Mark' are all included. The book also goes into the culture and progress of Parramatta and includes over 200 photos and many advertisements This is a valuable resource for those with an interest in the region, or the families associated with it.    
No of pages in original: 200pp Year published: (1911)  Author/Compiler: J. Cheyne Wharton
*  Official Souvenir of the Municipal Jubilee of Armidale 1863-1913
AU2013:  $20.00
Armidale in New South Wales was first settled in the early 1830s, following the exploration of the area by John Oxley. But it wasn't until 1863, that it became a municipality. This Jubilee history covers the whole history of Armidale, but focuses on the 1863-1913 period as a 'lasting memento as to what has been done in the last fifty years'. The reader will find not only the early history of the district, but also reminiscences of early locals, council and councillors. Other topics covered include climate, churches, industries, schools, societies, sports clubs, hospitals, banks, and local businesses. Numerous photographs of local identities and views are scattered throughout, and there are many advertisements for local businesses included.  A fascinating book filled with information for the family and local historian.
No of pages in original: 134pp Year published: (1913)  Author/Compiler: A.H. Garnsey, J. Scholes & S.J. Kearney
*  History of Broken Hill: its Rise and Progress 1908
AU2020:  $20.00
Broken Hill is young compared to some parts of Australia. It was born at the end of September 1883 when Charles Rasp "pegged out" the original seven blocks of the Proprietary Company, and thus laid the foundation stone of the Great Silver and future Lead-Zinc City. At that time the "Broken Hill" was a portion of Mount Gipps sheep run, dense with mulga scrub and salt-bush. inhabited by kangaroos. wallabys, and wild fowl. In time it became the second city of the State - one of the wonders of the world - supporting 40,000 inhabitants - possessing the greatest Silver-Lead-Zinc mines on the earth. This history written in 1908 to record the "Rise and Progress" of the town is a wonderful record of how far the town had come in such a short space of time. Covering the topics of council, churches, schools, newspapers, banks, tramway company, hospital, orphanage, ambulance, societies and associations, fire brigade, and sporting clubs. You could not write a history of Broken Hill, without writing about the mines, and those involved with them. The following are all mentioned in detail, and list the directors and officers of each company together with photographs.  • Broken Hill Proprietary Company (BHP)  • South Silver Mining Company  • Broken Hill Proprietary Block 10 Company  • Broken Hill Proprietary Block 14 Company  • Broken Hill 'Junction' Mining Company  • Broken Hill 'Junction North' Silver Mining Company  • North Broken Hill Mining Company  • Broken Hill South Blocks Ltd  • Broken Hill Extended Ltd  • The Zinc Corporation Ltd  • DeBavay's Treatment Company Ltd Complete with many photographs of individuals, scenes, and the mines, this is an important account of Broken Hill's history.    
No of pages in original: 192pp Year published: (1908)  Author/Compiler: Leonard Samuel Curtis
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The blog-master (some might say, "old blogger" :-)  ), John D. Reid, is a good friend of Archive CD Books Canada and has been of invaluable help in a number of our ventures.  In addition to his own extensive research, John has also held most of the offices in the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) from time to time so his expertise and experience cannot be questioned.
Take a few moments to see what John has to say today.
We had a great time at the end of September catching up with old acquaintances and making new friends over the conference week end.  We have a "soft spot" for this conference because it occurs, virtually, on the anniversary of our companies creation, and was the venue of our first "public appearance."  Each new conference is like a "tick" on our corporate clock.
(We can include your Family History Societies announcements if you tell us what they are.  Please give us AT LEAST one month's notice.)
30 October 2008, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Free Genealogy/History Programs at the Maple Ridge Library.  Getting Started With Genealogy On The Internet - Building Memories Series by Jacquie Haines (librarian)  Recommended for the new family historian who
has strong Internet searching skills.
To register contact the main floor information desk at 604-467-7417. The library is
located at 130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Road in downtown Maple Ridge.
01 November 2008 10:00 AM.: Ottawa Branch, OGS Meeting at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Topic Ryan Taylor Memorial Lecture. "Developing a research strategy to find the next piece of the puzzle. This session will present options based on a review of your notes and learning
how to ask questions of people who can help."
5 Nov 2008, 7:00 PM.  The CAPE BRETON GENEALOGY & HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION is pleased to announce that CBGHA member, Wayne Macvicar, will be the speaker at our next meeting,  at the Lyceum, George St, Sydney, NS. 
Mr Macvicar is the author of the Obituaries From The Sydney Post-Record, 1933 -1956, in four volumes.
For more information e-mail
9 November 2008, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Free Genealogy/History Programs at the Maple Ridge Library.  Our Earliest Days - Building Memories Series.  2008 marks British Columbia's 150th anniversary. If you are curious about how and why people settled in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, join Val Patenaude from the Maple Ridge Museum and Archives for a lively presentation about our early history.
To register contact the main floor information desk at 604-467-7417. The library is
located at 130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Road in downtown Maple Ridge.
15 Nov 2008  at 10:00 am.: BIFHSGO Meeting at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  PRESENTATION TOPIC:  Why History is Important.  Presented by George Laidlaw (President of the Ottawa Independent Writers Group.)
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
(NOTE:  This agenda was originally scheduled for the October meeting.)
18 November 2008 7:30 PM.: Ottawa Branch, OGS Meeting at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Speaker Helen Whyte.  Topic Unlocking the riddles of Welsh Ancestry - A Set of Keyes.  "Helen is a professional genealogist who has done extensive research on the Social, Historical and Geographical links to Welsh Ancestors - and everybody has them."
13 Dec 2008  at 10:00 am.: BIFHSGO Meeting at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  PRESENTATION TOPIC:  Great Moments in Genealogy.
Presented by BIFHSGO members
Contact: (613)234-2520 or e-mail Web site:
23 - 26 April, 2009:  The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society announces its 40th Anniversary Genealogy Showcase Conference to be held at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre, Regina.
For more information see
contact Conference Co-ordinator Verna Thompson at 110 - 1514 11th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 0H2.  (306) 780-9207 or by  email:
29, 30 & 31 May, 2009.  OGS Conference 2009.  To be held on the campus of Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario.  We will give you further information as we get it.
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