London and Middlesex Branch ‘The Passengers and Victims of the Capsizing of Victoria – Tuesday, May 24, 1881: Not all the Victoria Day Disaster Victims were on board the Victoria’

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Date(s) - December 4, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am


London & Middlesex Branch invites you to join us on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 10 a.m. for a Zoom presentation: “Not all the Victoria Day Disaster Victims were on board the Victoria


 Speaker, Dan Brock, is a native of Norfolk County, where he grew up on a fourth-generation, family farm, which had been purchased as a Clergy Reserve. He is married, with four children, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and has been a resident of London, Ontario, since 1962.  He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where he earned an Honours BA in philosophy and a Masters in history. Dan taught at the elementary, secondary and college and university levels for 42 years before retiring in 2003. He is a past president of The London & Middlesex Historical Society and past chair of the London and Middlesex Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. He is currently vice-president of The London & Middlesex Historical Society. Dan is the founder and editor of the free, monthly, e-newsletter, The Maltese Presence in North America, which has a current estimated worldwide readership of some 20,000. He has written a few hundred articles and about a half dozen books, largely pertaining to the eastern part of what is now southwestern Ontario and the Maltese in North America and continues to do so; his latest book being Fragments from the Forks: London Ontario’s Legacy.

The presentation will focus on the raw material used to determine the identity of those on board the Victoria on its fatal trip on the Thames River on the evening of Tuesday, May 24, 1881, and who actually died as a result of the steamboat’s capsizing. Among the related deaths were two teenaged boys who were not even on the boat. The process used to determine this and their identities will be explained. Some background on steamboat cruises on the Thames at the time and the causes of the disaster will be briefly noted.

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