Ex­hibit: From ‘The Ark’ - An­caster 150

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

Field­cote Me­mo­rial Park & Mu­seum presents From ‘The Ark’ – An­caster 150, an ex­hi­bi­tion in cel­e­bra­tion of Canada’s Sesqui­cen­ten­nial. The ex­hibit runs from May 6 to De­cem­ber 23, 2017, with an Open­ing Re­cep­tion on Wed­nes­day, May 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Descen­dants of the Farmer fam­ily, who set­tled in An­caster in 1860, do­nated Field­cote Me­mo­rial Park & Mu­seum and the sur­round­ing seven acres to the peo­ple of An­caster to be used as a cul­tural her­itage cen­tre and park.

Join the Farmer fam­ily on a jour­ney from ‘The Ark’ of fam­ily lore through 150 years of life in An­caster. Ex­plore how their world changed be­tween 1867 and 2017 and learn about key points in na­tional his­tory.

Dis­cover fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ters such as “Flossie” Farmer who was awarded a medal from the Czar of Rus­sia and who helped lead 780 chil­dren to safety dur­ing the Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion; and Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Ge­orge Richard Devey Farmer who served un­der Churchill dur­ing World War II.

The Farmer fam­ily’s im­mi­gra­tion to the New World was unique for its time and per­haps for all time. In 1834 Wil­liam Farmer char­tered an en­tire ves­sel, dubbed ‘The Ark’ by descen­dants, for the voy­age to Canada. He brought with him ten fam­i­lies on one ship in­clud­ing a ma­son, wheel­wright, black­smith, tu­tor and a lawyer. Forty-two cases of house­hold be­long­ings were placed below decks, and many of these items are still in the pos­ses­sion of the Farmer fam­ily to­day.

Wil­liam also brought valu­able livestock: Cly­des­dale horses, cows, bulls, sheep, pigs, dogs and hens. Dur­ing stormy days at sea the big an­i­mals were sus­pended in slings and not a sin­gle an­i­mal was lost on the voy­age. Ev­ery­thing re­quired to set up a new farm in Canada in­clud­ing bags of grain, tools, rope and im­ple­ments, was loaded onto ‘The Ark’.

Dr. Richard Farmer, who passed away in the fall of 2016, was the son and grand­son of doc­tors. His grand­fa­ther served as a Med­i­cal Corps Colonel in WWI and his fa­ther as Chief of Medicine for the Cana­dian army in WWII. Dick Farmer’s chil­dren are the fifth gen­er­a­tion of Farm­ers to call An­caster home.

This ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cuses on the fam­ily’s life in An­caster be­tween 1867 and 2017. Di­vided into six “chap­ters”, each sec­tion fea­tures a dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tion as we fol­low the lives of this unique fam­ily through time.

Pre­sented as a fam­ily photo al­bum ac­com­pa­nied by ar­ti­facts, the dis­play in­cludes cap­ti­vat­ing im­ages show­ing fam­ily mem­bers with such fa­mous per­sons as Churchill and Pear­son, and fas­ci­nat­ing ob­jects such as a gas mask from WWI, and pre­cious items of an­tique China and fur­ni­ture that ac­com­pa­nied the fam­ily on their voy­age. Vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to com­pare the fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ences to key points in na­tional his­tory through a Sesqui­cen­ten­nial time­line.

Field­cote is lo­cated at 64 Sul­phur Springs Road in An­caster and is open to the pub­lic Tues­day to Satur­day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion rates ap­ply; ad­mis­sion to the Open­ing Re­cep­tion is free. For more in­for­ma­tion about Field­cote, please visit www.hamil­ton.ca/ field­cote. For in­for­ma­tion about more than 100 events pre­sented by Hamil­ton Civic Mu­se­ums, visit www.hamil­ton.ca/mu­se­ums.

WWII Photo show­ing GRD Farmer (back row, 2nd from right), with group in­clud­ing Win­ston Churchill (3rd from right)

Dr. G.D. Farmer with his 1902 Pope au­to­mo­bile, the first auto in An­caster.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.