‘Miss Nelly’ a real pi­o­neer

He­len ‘Miss Nelly’ Mac­Don­ald ar­rived here in 1772 as part of the Gle­nal­ladale im­mi­gra­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

Cather­ine and Mary-Carla Mac­Don­ald will present “He­len ‘Miss Nelly’ Mac­Don­ald of Gle­nal­ladale” on Mon­day, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m., in the Tra­cadie Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Sta­tion Road in Tra­cadie Cross.

Their pre­sen­ta­tion is based on the re­search and writ­ings of their mother, the late Genevieve Mac­Don­ald. Cather­ine and Mary-Carla are com­plet­ing the edit­ing of the book their mother had re­searched and pre­pared on “Miss Nelly”.

Ar­riv­ing from Scot­land on St. John’s Is­land (now Prince Ed­ward Is­land) with her fam­ily in 1772 as part of the Gle­nal­ladale im­mi­gra­tion, it was not long be­fore “Miss Nelly” found her­self man­ag­ing the 20,000-acre Gle­nal­ladale es­tate when her broth­ers, John and Don­ald, left to serve in the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion­ary War.

She would man­age the es­tate for nearly 20 years, and as a woman do­ing what was then con­sid­ered men’s work and a job for which she had no prepa­ra­tion, she was an ex­tra­or­di­nary pi­o­neer who de­serves to have her story recorded.

With sup­port from Tra­cadie Com­mu­nity Hall, this pre­sen­ta­tion is free.

There will be light re­fresh­ments and a few snacks.

This is the last pre­sen­ta­tion in the All Around the Hills­bor­ough Speak­ers Se­ries, but there is still the launch of Franklin Pigot’s “A His­tory of Mount Ste­wart” il­lus­trated edi­tion and a bus tour of his­toric events and sites this au­tumn.

The Hills­bor­ough River As­so­ci­a­tion, with sup­port from the Cana­dian Her­itage Rivers’ Canada 150 Fund, is host­ing a va­ri­ety of events and ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing 2017 with the over-rid­ing theme of “All Around the Hills­bor­ough. These events ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate the his­tory, built her­itage, cul­ture, recre­ational value and natural his­tory of the Hills­bor­ough River.

In ad­di­tion to 2017 be­ing Canada’s 150th An­niver­sary, this year marks the 20th an­niver­sary of the des­ig­na­tion of the Hills­bor­ough as the Is­land’s first Cana­dian Her­itage River.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the as­so­ci­a­tion at pisquid­wa­ter­shed@gmail.com or see the group on its Face­book site search-HRA-Wa­ter­shed-Man­age­ment.

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