"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Upcoming Presentations on the Life of Thomson Beattie: A Titanic Tragedy

FERGUS, Ontario APRIL 10, 2012 – Marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, the Wellington County Library, Fergus Branch and Wellington County Museum and Archives present the life of Fergus native Thomson Beattie, to be held on Thursday, April 12, 6:30 pm at the Fergus Branch and Saturday, April 14, 2:00 pm at the Museum and Archives.

Thomson Beattie had it all – family wealth, a successful business and the opportunity to travel at a time when few could afford a holiday. So fortunate was Thomson that he was able to sail home from a European vacation on that “great new unsinkable boat.”

By dawn on April 15, 1912, Thomson had died of exposure after a night in a lifeboat, one of 1500 victims to drown after the Titanic struck an iceberg. From this moment, his life story has been part of the Titanic’s voyage into history.

Please join us this April and explore Thomson Beattie’s Scottish roots, his life in Winnipeg and the events leading up to the Titanic sinking. Admission is free.

Light refreshments are provided. Pre-registration is required:

Thursday, April 12 at 6:30pm (Fergus Branch) Saturday, April 14 at 2:00pm (Wellington County Museum and Archives)

The Fergus Branch is located on 190 St Andrew St West in Fergus. The Wellington County Museum and Archives is located on Wellington Road #18 between Fergus and Elora.

Wellington County Museum & Archives
0536 Wellington County Road 18
Fergus, ON N1M 2W3
T 519.846.0916 X5221
TOLL FREE: 1.800.663.0750 X5221

Wellington County Library, Fergus Branch
190 St Andrew St West
Fergus, ON N1M 1N5
T 519.843.1180

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