Spe­cial year of com­mem­o­ra­tion

Two-hun­dred-fifty years later and Sa­muel Hol­land’s work still in­flu­enc­ing Is­land

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Cel­e­bra­tions to mark the 250year an­niver­sary of Sa­muel Hol­land’s sur­vey of Prince Ed­ward Is­land have been go­ing on all year, but this week has been a busy one for fans of the 18th­cen­tury surveyor.

Hol­land’s orig­i­nal map, de­tail­ing ev­ery­thing from des­ig­nat­ing Char­lot­te­town as the cap­i­tal city to plot­ting out 67 town­ships, was put on dis­play at the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts art gallery, where it will be ex­hib­ited un­til Jan­uary 2016.

Earle Lockerby and Doug Sobey launched their book, Sa­muel Hol­land: His Work and Legacy on Prince Ed­ward Is­land, this week.

And a com­mem­o­ra­tive weath­er­vane was pre­sented at name­sake Hol­land Col­lege.

Dur­ing the book launch, Lockerby noted that Hol­land went on to be­come a noted surveyor of other re­gions in the world.

But, he said, “I don’t think there is any other place where the im­pact of his work has been more dra­matic than on Prince Ed­ward Is­land.”

Hol­land’s out­line of the Is­land was very ac­cu­rate for its time and was used un­til the mid 1840s as the de­fin­i­tive out­line of P.E.I., he said.

“That is not to say it is as ac­cu­rate that peo­ple have per­ceived it to be, it’s not, and that is dealt with in our book,” said Lockerby.

“One area in par­tic­u­lar in West Prince that is less ac­cu­rate than else­where.”

Lockerby feels it’s im­por­tant to rec­og­nize Hol­land for his work be­cause his con­tri­bu­tions to the Is­land were so im­mense, he said.

“The ori­en­ta­tion of many of the roads, fields, farm bound­aries di­rectly re­flect Hol­land’s lay­ing out of town­ships, parishes and coun­ties on the Is­land,” said Lockerby. “His des­ig­nat­ing Char­lot­te­town as the cap­i­tal of the Is­land has re­sulted in Char­lot­te­town be­ing what it is to­day in many ways.”

The new weath­er­vane will be mounted at the top of Hol­land Col­lege’s CAST build­ing later this sum­mer.

Michael O’Grady, Hol­land Col­lege vice-pres­i­dent, says the weath­er­vane will be vis­i­ble from land, air and sea.

“Once it is in­stalled at the top of this build­ing… It will be about 55 feet in the air.”

The weath­er­vane de­picts an eigh­teenth cen­tury surveyor hold­ing an oc­tant, a tool Hol­land would have used to mea­sure lat­i­tude.

Con­structed en­tirely of cop­per, brass and stain­less steels, the weath­er­vane will be re­sistent to cor­ro­sion.

“We wanted to build some­thing that would last a cen­tury or more,” said O’Grady. “I think it is a sig­nif­i­cant state­ment for the col­lege and for our city to rec­og­nize Sa­muel Hol­land, who has been so in­flu­en­tial in the history of our province.”

Lockerby hopes af­ter read­ing the book, peo­ple will have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Hol­land’s strong legacy and his last­ing im­print on the Is­land.

Books are be­ing sold at all ma­jor book re­tail­ers in­clud­ing Book­mark, Indigo and Coles. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.samuel­hol­land250pei.ca.


Ge­orge Dal­ton, dressed as Sa­muel Hol­land, and Fran Al­brecht, dressed as Marie Josette Ro­lette, stand by Ro­lette’s head­stone at the South Shore United Church in Tryon for one of the Sa­muel Hol­land cel­e­bra­tion events re­cently.

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