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‘Peo­ple of the Tantra­mar’ now avail­able for pur­chase

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Char­lie Sco­bie’s new­est book takes a look at the peo­ple of Sackville – past and present – and fea­tures a num­ber of bi­o­graph­i­cal sketches of those who have lived in the area over the years

A book launch for the Tantra­mar Her­itage Trust’s lat­est pub­li­ca­tion, Peo­ple of the Tantra­mar, was held on Fri­day, Sept. 21, in the Sackville Town Hall, as part of the Sackville Fall Fair cel­e­bra­tions.

A copy of the book was pre­sented on be­half of the Trust to Sackville Mayor John Higham, and lo­cal au­thor Char­lie Sco­bie gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on the writ­ing of the book, and was kept busy sign­ing copies.

De­signed as a se­quel to the best-sell­ing 2013 ‘Sackville Then and Now,’ the book fea­tures bi­o­graph­i­cal sketches of 47 women and men who have lived in the Tantra­mar area over the cen­turies. The sto­ries of these peo­ple present a unique and fas­ci­nat­ing over­view of the his­tory of Sackville, N.B. and the sur­round­ing area.

The book can be pur­chased at Tide­wa­ter Books, 13 Bridge St., Sackville, and at Cover to Cover Books, 630 Pinewood Rd., Riverview, N.B. It will also be on sale at the Boul­tenhouse Her­itage Cen­tre, 29B Queens Rd., Sackville dur­ing reg­u­lar of­fice hours (9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tues­day through Fri­day). Copies of the book can be or­dered by mail from the Trust Of­fice; a mail or­der form is avail­able on­line on the Tantra­mar Her­itage Trust web site at her­itage.tantra­mar.com.

From a French spy who be­trayed his own peo­ple to a builder of 60 ocean-go­ing sail­ing ships to the Fa­ther of Cana­dian Lit­er­a­ture to the de­signer of the Cana­dian flag – read­ers of Peo­ple of the Tantra­mar will dis­cover 47 women and men who shaped the Tantra­mar over the cen­turies. This re­gion at the head of the Bay of Fundy was the home of an ad­ven­tur­ous woman trav­eller and aca­demic, a First World War fly­ing ace, “Mr. Canada,” an ac­tress of stage and screen and a world cham­pion speed skater. While some chap­ters take the reader back in his­tory to char­ac­ters such as Jac­ques Bour­geois, Valen­tine Estabrooks, Charles Fred­er­ick Al­li­son and Josiah Wood, oth­ers pro­file more re­cent res­i­dents of the area such as Alex Colville and Dou­glas Lochhead. Women fea- tured in the book in­clude pi­o­neer ed­u­ca­tor and Na­tional His­toric Per­son Mary Electa Adams, di­arist Kate Morice, opera singer and ghost of Hart Hall Ethel Peake, and mu­si­cian and ad­vo­cate for women’s rights Gwen Black.

Sev­eral lo­cal peo­ple spot­ted on the pre­vi­ously pub­lished cover of the book the fa­mil­iar face of well-known teacher He­len Beale (com­plete with one of her trade­mark hats) and have been shar­ing their mem­o­ries of her. These are a few of the colour­ful cast of char­ac­ters who ap­pear in Peo­ple of the Tantra­mar. De­signed for the gen­eral reader and writ­ten in an in­ter­est­ing and read­able style, the book should have a wide ap­peal.

Each char­ac­ter in the book is pro­filed in a two-page spread, which fea­tures an ap­prox­i­mately 850-word ac­count of their life and ac­com­plish­ments. The left­hand page has a pic­ture (por­trait or pho­to­graph) of the per­son. In ad­di­tion to this “Then” ac­count, there is also a “Now” com­po­nent to the book since the right-hand page fea­tures one or more pho­tos of a lo­ca­tion, build­ing, memo­rial or some other fea­ture as­so­ci­ated with the sub­ject which can still be seen in the area to­day.

The book is in a sim­i­lar for­mat to Sackville Then and Now: hard­back, glossy paper, 108 pages, 10 x 8.5 inches, and is printed by the same award-win­ning colour prin­ters Friesens of Al­tona, Man­i­toba. Book lay­out and de­sign is by graphic de­signer and artist, Mary Sco­bie, for­merly of Sackville, N.B. and now of Vic­to­ria, B.C.

“The rea­son the book looks as good as it does,” says the au­thor, “is due en­tirely to Mary.”

Char­lie Sco­bie is Cowan Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Re­li­gious Stud­ies at Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity. He has been ac­tive in her­itage con­ser­va­tion, has writ­ten his­to­ries of the Drew Nurs­ing Home and of the Ro­tary Club of Sackville, and is the au­thor of Roberts Coun­try: Sir Charles G.D. Roberts and the Tantra­mar (2008), as well as co-au­thor, with Kip Jack­son of Sackville Then and Now: New Bruns­wick’s Old­est Town in Pho­to­graphs (2013).


The Tantra­mar Her­itage Trust’s lat­est pub­li­ca­tion, ‘Peo­ple Of The Tantra­mar,’ is now avail­able for pur­chase.


Char­lie Sco­bie, au­thor of the Tantra­mar Her­itage Trust’s lat­est pub­li­ca­tion, ‘Peo­ple Of The Tantra­mar,’ is shown above with Mary Sco­bie, who was in charge of lay­out and de­sign for the new book.

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