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VFC Innovation Jam

Venture for Canada’s Innovation Jam is a chance to build new skills and networks, and demonstrate  [ ... ]

Playing with Choir: Fall Term 2018

Playing with Choir is an opportunity to come together in a large group to learn simple 3 part harmon [ ... ]

John Nicholson

Reading Between The Pictures—John NicholsonJohn Nicholson’s debut fiction entitled Reading Between The Pictures is based on the historical photographs taken by Charlottetown’s William Alexander McKee, and fictional “letters home” that weave together the story of the last contingent of Canadians to see active service in the Anglo-Boer War.

One hundred and sixteen years ago last month, twenty-three Islanders became part of the nine hundred men and women involved in what Carman Miller, author of Painting the Map Red, described as “one of  Canada’s most costly but spectacular battles of  the war.” And twenty-year-old William Alexander McKee (Will as friends and family called him), who before embarking from Halifax purchased a camera so he could share his adventure with his loved ones left at home, would record it.

The Boer War was Canada’s first involvement over-seas on the international stage after becoming a country, and young Will had a front row seat as a sergeant with Canada’s first Field Hospital. Will met such people as Max King, the brother to a future Prime Minister; Bruce Carruthers, whose experiences during the Boer War compelled him to established the first Signal Corps in the Common Wealth; Casey Callaghan, another Canadian hero, considered one of the best scouts of the Boer War, and one of a very few to earn the Distinguished Conduct Medal; Georgina Pope, Canada’s own Florence Nightingale, and first woman to receive the Royal Red Cross; and Margaret MacDonald, who would become the Matron-in-Chief for the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1, and the first woman to hold the rank of Major in the British Empire. 

This book shines a light on The Boer War’s people and places-in-time as only pictures can do, and blends known facts with imaginary details.

Launch for Reading Between The Pictures takes place December 15 at 7 pm at Beaconsfield Carriage House in Charlottetown.

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Some Upcoming Events

Down With Demon Rum

September 16, 23 & 30
The Haviland Club Down With Demon Rum: Stories and Songs of Rum Running on [ ... ]

Dancing with the Stars

Hospice PEI’s event celebrates 7th year October 20
Murphy Community Centre October 20, 2018  [ ... ]

DMayne Event returns

With guests Jerry–Faye, Jamie Comeau and the Crooked Teeth, and Math Class October 12 at Spo [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

Drawing the line

Profile: Sandy Carruthers by Jane Ledwell Retired for a year now after twenty-five years teaching  [ ... ]

Free transportation at Cloggeroo

The provincial government will sponsor free transportation at this year’s Cloggeroo festival to he [ ... ]

Charlottetown’s Historic Squares exhibit...

The City of Charlottetown Planning and Heritage Department has created an exhibit exploring the hist [ ... ]