Trent Valley Archives - July 2015
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TVA "Yard Goods"

We are sending out a big THANK YOU to all of those who donated or purchased goods at our annual Yard Sale.

Proceeds of the Yard Sale exceeded $500. 

See you next year!
Tea at Hutchinson House

If you are planning to join our Martha Kidd Stone Treasures Tour at 2:00 PM on July 19 why not start with the famous Hutchinson House Tea at 1:00 PM.

Book your reservations for Tea by calling the Hutchinson House 705-743-9710 or go to www.Hutchinson

For more information on our Martha Kidd Stone Treasures Tour see the listing in the right hand column.
Archival Fonds

TVA holds more than 400 archival fonds from a wide variety of sources.

View a partial list.


Focus on Fonds:

No. 156
Clive Naismith

Dates of Materials:
c. 1961 - 1962 

Scope and Contents:
Newspaper articles from the Peterborough Examiner covering all aspects of the bank robbery in Havelock, Ontario, 31 August 1961, and of the subsequent manhunt and of the trial, March 1962. 

Custodial History: 
Clive Naismith lent these files to Grace Barker while she was writing her book on the Bad Luck Bank Robbers: the 1961 Havelock Bank Robbery (Cobourg, Dawn Publishing, 2006). They were donated to the Trent Valley Archives through the agency of Grace Barker, July 2006.

Biographical Sketch/ Administrative History
Clive Naismith, a former OPP policeman, while stationed in Peterborough in 1961 was assigned to be a member of the search team hunting for the Havelock bank robbers in the late summer of 1961. He kept a complete set of articles related to the excellent coverage by the Peterborough Examiner and also shared his memories.

Access Points:
Havelock, Ontario
Toronto Dominion Bank
Havelock bank robbery, 1961
Ontario Provincial Police
Barker, Grace

See a more complete description by clicking 

Note: related photos seen to the right with the title "
1961 Havelock Bank Robbery".


Other Resources

The Trent Valley Archives is constantly adding new resources to our collection.

Many of these resources are also available as finding aids on our web site. Active links are underlined - click a link to see the resource.

Our resources include:

Family Trees
Master Names Database
Census Records
Parish Records
Marriage Registries
Newspaper Obituaries
Cemetery Transcripts
Telephone and City Directories
Voters’ Lists
Court and Jail Records
1869 Assessment
1888 Directory
Peter Robinson Ships’ Lists
Peterborough County Land Records

City Directories:

Ashburnham: 1858, 1864, 1865-66, 1870, 1876, 1883-84, 1894-95, 1897, 1898, 1888-89, 1901, 1901-02, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914

Peterborough: 1888-89, 1901, 1901-02, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929, 1931... 1935, 1937... 1967

Tours & Events

At Trent Valley Archives, we recognize the importance of helping people learn about their history. To this end, we host a variety of events throughout the year to help people access their past – and we do it in ways that are always informative and entertaining!

This month we are featuring our July and August tours in this newsletter.

We invite inquiries about private tours for groups of 20 or more. Call Heather at 705-745-4404.

View a list of our 2015 tours & events here.
Special Event:
Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society 

Presents a
One-Day Conference

Military Settlers

Military pensioners were an important part of the settlement of Ontario. We will examine why, look at three of the schemes, and show what records to search.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Northminster United Church
300 Sunset Blvd

$35 includes snacks & lunch.

For More Information Call: 
Event Registrar at 705-743-9117 


Featured Events in July & August

Scandals and Scoundrels Pubcrawl
July 10 & 17
Listen to strange tales about Peterborough's historic taverns.  Find out how liquor and hotel culture impacted Peterborough's past and present.  There will be time to stop for a drink!  Reservations required.  Price of tour does not include beverages.  7- 10 pm, $20

Heroes and Rails Bike Tour
July 12 & August 22
Join us as we follow the rail trail to Lakefield and explore the early influence of industry, people and the railroad on the town. Re-imagine the former hamlet of Nassau Mills; examine the history of the persons and industries along the east side of the Otonabee River, and recall the relationships between rail and commerce in downtown Peterborough. $15

Transportation and Historic Sites Bike Tour
July 18 & August 15
Take an easy ride through central Peterborough and discover or rediscover streetcars, railroads and industry from by-gone days. $15

Martha Kidd Stone Treasures Tour
July 19, 2 - 4 PM
This special tour highlights the architectural heritage of Peterborough that is built in stone: Hutchison House, St. John's Anglican Church, the Eastland House, the stone brewery, the stone schoolhouse (St. Peter's), and the Courthouse. Based on the research of local historian Martha Kidd, many of these buildings were among the first properties in Peterborough to be designated as heritage structures by the Peterborough Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee. Price of tour includes commemorative pamphlet. $20

Note: Optional Hutchinson House Tea, See left hand column.

Eerie Ashburnham Ghostwalk
August 7, 14, 21 & 28
Explore the ghostly past of East City from Quaker Oats to the Lift Lock by lantern light. 7:30 – 9:30 pm, $15

For tickets & details please call Heather at 705-745-4404.


Peter Robinson Festival
July 30 - August 1
The TVA is pleased to be a Partner in this inaugural two day, event. See our booth and  on-stage historical vignettes. Location: Morrow Park.
1961 Havelock Bank Robbery 
The following images are taken from the Examiner Fonds F340_C1. They accompanied and illustrated aspects of the Examiner's coverage of the Havelock bank robbery.

These and other images from the Examiner Fonds support and illustrate our Featured Fonds No. 156 - Clive Naismith. 

The Havelock bank robbery is also the topic of one of the 4th Line Theatre's plays this summer.
Toronto-Dominion Bank - Havelock, Ontario
Suspect and Constable Gordon Gray
Toronto Dominion Bank Tellers (R to L)
Mrs. Harry Vanderburgh, Jean Kennedy, 
Marie Quackenbush
See a Show and
Support the
Trent Valley Archives
On August 18, $2.00 from every ticket purchased for 4th Line Theatre's production, Gimme That Prime Time Religion, will be donated to Trent Valley Archives. Information and tickets:

New Books at the TVA

"Alexander Niven"
By Kim Emerson

"Set in the late 1800s, this well-researched biography takes us into the heart of newly settled Upper Canada, and the rich beginnings of Haliburton County, Ontario." 
"We get a thoughtful and thorough look at the history of the area as we meet Alexander Niven; surveyor, politician, farmer, adventurer, educator, and influential businessman in a blossoming locale."

This book is of special interest as the author did some of his research at the Trent Valley Archives. For more information go to:

Available at the TVA
Price: $25.00 (Softcover)
Call Heather at 705-745-4404.
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