TRENT UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES
Fonds Level Description
Munro family fonds. -- 1856-1975. -- 3 m of textual records and related materials. -- 49 maps.
BIOGRAPHY / HISTORY
William Hamilton Munro (1882-1976) was born in Peterborough, Ontario, the oldest son of George and Euphemie Hamilton Munro. He attended public school and high school in Peterborough and later entered the School of Practical Science, University of Toronto, from which he graduated in 1904. He joined the engineering staff of his grandfather's firm, the William Hamilton Manufacturing Company, for a short time and later worked for other engineering companies, first with John B. McRae of Ottawa and later with Smith, Kerry & Chase of Toronto. During this period, Munro gained wide experience in dam and power house construction. In 1909, W.H. Munro was transferred to the Electric Power Company of Ontario and in 1910 was appointed manager of the Peterborough Light & Power and Radial Railway Companies, branches of Electric Power. He then joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and went overseas as a transport officer. On his arrival in England, W.H. Munro was stationed at a reception and training base at Shorncliffe, Kent. Here he remained for eight months before being posted to northern France early in 1916. He was still in northern France on Armistice Day, 1918 and was with the Canadian Forces during their brief occupation of Germany in 1919. On May 29, 1919, Munro married Angele Melina Marie Pouille of Bruay, Pas de Calais, France. He took his military discharge in England and joined Vickers Limited of London and Barrow-in-Furness. This invloved him in water turbine engineering and sales which led to a good deal of travel. Munro left Vickers in 1926 to become manager of the Nova Scotia Tramways and Power Company in Halifax. He remained in this position until 1928 when he was appointed manager of the Bolivian Power Company Limited in La Paz, Bolivia. In 1933, W.H. Munro returned to Canada and joined International Utilities Limited as general manager of one of its divisions, the Ottawa Light, Heat & Power Company. He remained as manager of International Utilities until his retirement in 1951 when he and his wife returned to Peterborough, Ontario. W.H. Munro died in 1976. George Reid Munro (Reid), 1887-1920, was the second son in the Munro family. He graduated from the School of Practical Science in 1905, and in 1907, he joined the survey party of the Hudson Bay Railway Company. During the World War I, he remained in Peterborough, taking care of the William Hamilton Company and looking after the Munro family affairs. He died in 1920, a victim of an influenza epidemic. (Note that some of George Reid Munro's papers relating to his work are located at the National Archives of Canada - MG 30.) Euphemia Margaret Munro (Effie), 1885-1950, was the only daughter in the Munro family. She attended St. Hilda's College and later graduated from from the University of Toronto in modern languages in 1906. In 1918, she graduated from the Training School for Librarianship in Toronto and was appointed librarian of the Peterborough Normal School, a position she retained until her retirement. The youngest Munro child, Alan Hugh Munro, 1889-1948, graduated from the Faculty of Applied Science, University of Toronto in 1911. On graduation he worked for a succession of power companies on power development construction including the Dominion Department of Railways and Canals, Rice Lake Division of the Trent Canal at Campbellford, Ontario. During the World War I, he served with the 6th Field Company, Canadian Engineers from 1914-1919 and was wounded in 1917. After the World War I, he again worked for a variety of companies on construction projects but appears not to have established himself firmly with any one of them, a situation which was exacerbated by the coming of the Depression. Many letters between 1918 and 1921 mention the influenza epidemic and the many deaths.
The fonds was created members of the Munro family and remained in the custody of the Munro Estate until it was donated to the Trent University Archives.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
This fonds consists of the family and personal papers of William Hamilton Munro, his brothers Reid and Alan and his sister Effie. The materials in the fonds make reference to World War I; Peterborough County; hydro-electric companies in Canada and the third world; photographs, postcards, maps and plans of the Trent Canal; City of Peterborough; and locations in Bolivia, Europe and North America.
Title based on the creators of the fonds.
The fonds includes 49 maps, ca. 500 photographs, and ca. 300 postcards.
The fonds was donated by the Munro Estate via Sheila Currier.
Finding aids: Y
Associated material (George Reid Munro) located at the National Archives of Canada (MG 30) and at the Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives.
Addition to the fonds: 80-033.
For related records see: 69-001, 72-001 and 78-1001.
Note that there are unaccessioned artifacts which were received with this collection. They are located in the vault.
Maps are located in Map Cabinet - Drawer 4.
Large materials are located in Large
Materials Cabinet - Drawer 26.
Comments on the Collection
William Hamilton Munro was a prolific letter writer and keeper of diaries and an ardent collector of family and business records. The collection which he has retained and preserved covers a time span from 1901 to 1970 and touches every facet of a developing Canadian nation. The early papers are especially rich in local history, casting much light on Peterborough in the early twentieth century in its social, economic, political, religious and business affairs. Families who are still well-known in the community figure prominently in the correspondence. There are lively vignettes on student life at the University of Toronto. Munro's key position from 1910 to 1915 involved him heavily in the urban development and the construction of a street railway system.
The war time letters reveal the lives of two soldiers, one a transport officer, the other a sapper living under conditions of war overseas. They describe their training, camp and barracks life, unit organization, transportation systems, trench life and construction of trenches, hospital life, German raids and atrocities, the food, censorship and social amenities. They discuss and compare the conditions of England and Canada in wartime. From the home front comes news of Canadian reaction to the war, civilian efforts on behalf of the soldiers, the raising of local battalions and the grieving problems of recruitment, the conscription crisis and union government.
The later correspondence and other documents relate to W.H. Munro's personal and business life and follow his progress through a series of increasingly important positions until his appointment as general manager of the Ottawa Light, Heat and Power Company. During his career he was twice involved in projects in developing countries, Nigeria and Bolivia. The correspondence produced during these interludes would be useful in assessing the impact on the social, political and economic structures of Third World Countries made by foreign firms seeking to develop their natural resources. Also, Munro was manager of the Peterborough Light and Power Company and general manager of Ottawa Light, Heat and Power Company when these firms were expropriated by Ontario Hydro. There might be material for a study of Ontario Hydro's interrelationship with local power companies before their expropriation. Artifacts received with this collection are in the vault in a box labelled "Munro Artifacts 79-006".
1: Letters, cards, telegrams of
condolence to Mrs. George Munro on the death of her husband: Feb 19, 1901 to
May 31, 1902
Several letters are highly descriptive of Varsity life during the period. One letter in particular from Reid, dated Nov 2, 1902, gives a full account of a student event, a night at the theatre which ended in a march and a riot which had to be broken up by the police armed with whips.
2: Munro family letters: July 9,
1901 to Dec 14, 1902
In the fall of 1901, W. H. Munro enrolled in the School of Practical Science, University of Toronto and was joined by his brother, G. R. Munro in 1902.
3: Family letters: Jan 11 to Oct
In the fall of 1903, Effie Munro enrolled at St. Hilda's College, University of Toronto. There are several letters from Fred O. Orr to Reid Munro describing student activity at Queen's University, Kingston.
4: Family letters: Nov 1 to Dec 14, 1903
5: Family letters: Jan 1 to Feb 21, 1904
6: Family letters: Mar, 1904
7: Family letters: Apr, Oct, Dec, 1904 Two undated letters
1: Letters to W.H. Munro: Mar 6
to Sept 6, 1905
During this period, Hamilton worked for the James Leffel & Co., Springfield, Ohio. One letter to Reid and two to Effie from Hamilton
2: Letters to W.H. Munro: Oct, 1905
Includes two letters from Hamilton to his mother.
3: Letters to W.H. Munro: Nov, Dec
One letter from Reid to his mother
4: Letters to W.H. Munro: Jan 8
to July 25, 1906
One letter from Reid to his mother
5: Family letters: Mar 7, 1907,
Oct 7 to Nov 17, 1907, Feb 5 to June 30, 1908
Includes three letters from Alan at the School of Practical Science, University of Toronto, to his mother. During 1908, Hamilton joined the firm of McDougall & McRae, Consulting Engineers, Ottawa.
6: Letters to W.H. Munro: July 9 to Dec 10, 1908
7: Miscellaneous family letters:
Seven letters written in 1909 Four letters written in 1910
8: Letters to and from G.R. Munro:
Sept 24, 1907 to Nov 14, 1908
During this period, Reid joined the survey party of the Hudson Bay Railway Company.
9: Letters to and from G.R. Munro:
Mar 13, 1909 to Aug 21, 1910
The letters pertain to Reid's experience during his employment with the Hudson Bay survey party. At the end of the file there is some miscellaneous material including a couple of newspaper clippings outlining the history of the Hudson's Bay Railway. Also, a government document, J.A.J. McKenna, The Hudson Bay Route.
1: Letters to and
from W.H. Munro: Mar 23 to Sept 29, 1915
Hamilton was commissioned in the Canadian Army Service Corps in March, 1915 and proceeded overseas in July. He was stationed in Shorncliffe, Kent, a permanent British Army camp turned over to the Canadians as a reception and training base. The letters describe barrack life and messing arrangements at the base, war time shipping the Port of Dover (Letter Aug 16), troop movements, especially those of the Second Division preparing to embark for France, modifications which had to be made in the Ross rifle, a second had account of a Zeppelin raid on London (Letter Sept 13). These and letters in subsequent files give a Canadian's impression of English society in war time. There is a brief will of W.H. Munro, dated July 7, 1915.
2: Letters to and
from W.H. Munro: Oct, 1915
Oct 3 - Mrs G. Munro to Hamilton which reveals Canadian civilian reaction to the war.
Oct 5- Hamilton to Mrs Munro describing a naval action which he witnessed off the Port of Dover.
Oct 6 - Reid to Hamilton, informing him of the local shell manufacturing production and his dealings with the Shell Committee. There is also much on local recruitment and enlistments, references to various battalions and their locations, a note that Sam Hughes had interfered in the affairs at Shorncliffe and had upset the officers. There is also a description of the newly constructed section of the Peterborough Street Railway.
Oct 8 - Effie to Hamilton. She tells him of a letter received from a nurse stationed at Lemnos Island off Gallipoli in which she describes the terrible conditions there. This should be checked with Helen Fowlds description in the Marryat Papers.
Oct 10 - Hamilton to Reid, writing an experimental letter to check out rumours that mail to Canada is being censored in Canada and sloppily handled by the censors.
Oct 10 - Hamilton to Effie, referring the Sir Max Aitken (later Lord Beaverbrook) the official Canadian reporter, who is living with family nearby at Hytte.
Oct 15 - Hamilton to Reid, describing a Zeppelin attack on a nearby camp.
Oct 19 - Hamilton to Reid, with more on censorship.
Oct 25 - Hamilton to Mrs. Munro, describing an embarkation of troops for France. He comments briefly on the military activities of the Second Division and congratulates Reid on the success of the shell manufacturing. He notes that his commanding officer, is an imperial regular officer, Major Stafford, an ex-Canadian who used to work with Canadian General Electric and installed the Nassau Power Plant.
Oct 25 - Mrs G. Munro to Hamilton, commenting on the shells made at the Hamilton shops. She writes also about the new battalion being formed in Peterborough.
Oct 31 - Hamilton to Reid, describing the shipwreck of a Dutch schooner on the shore near Shorncliffe, which he witnessed, and the work of the local rocket brigade in rescuing the crew.
Oct 31 - Hamilton to Mrs. Munro
Oct 31 - Reid to Hamilton, reassuring him that his letters have been received in good condition and that there is no sign of censorship. More also on shell manufacturing and the Shell Committee.
3: Letters to and
from W.H. Munro: Nov to Dec 1915
Nov 1 - Effie to Hamilton, discussing the Peterborough street railway line. Describes also the campaign by the Ontario Red Cross to raise money for he British Red Cross.
Nov 1 - W.H. Munro Officer's Record.
Nov 3 - Reid to Hamilton, mentions that two companies of the new 93rd Battalion will be stationed in Peterborough during the winter. Comments on the complement of officers of the battalion.
Nov 5 - Reid to Hamilton
Nov 6 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro, telling of a second-hand account he heard of the way in which they camouflaged the North Sea Fleet. Comments on Englishmen who are trying to escape conscription.
Nov 14 - Hamilton to Reid, describing his experience in addressing a British Police court in defence of one of his men who had to appear before it on a petty charge.
Nov 16 - Hamilton to Effie, recounting some officers' mess politics and general remarks on life in the army.
Nov 21 - Hamilton to Reid, describing a routine day.
Nov 24 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro
Nov 27 - Hamilton to Effie, commenting on the calibre of politicians presently forming the governments of Great Britain and Canada. A list of Canadian donors who have provided ambulances to the army.
Dec 1 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro
Dec 7 - Hamilton to Effie
Dec 11 - W.H. Munro Officer's Record.
Dec 12 - Hamilton to Reid, comments on commissioning officers, purpose of officers wearing swords, a close description of Shorncliffe camp.
Dec 19 - Hamilton to his Aunt Jessie Hamilton, recounting a few current army jokes.
Dec 27 - Hamilton to Effie, a few days in London staying at the Savoy Hotel, Christmas in an army camp.
4: Letters to and
from W.H. Munro: Jan to Aug 1916
Jan 4 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro, describing Christmas and New Year celebrations at Shorncliffe. Comments on the Munro clan in Scotland.
Jan 9 - W.H. Munro, Recommendations for Appointment or Promotion.
Jan 9 - To Hamilton and signed "Jack". describing a 93rd Battalion band concert in Peterborough.
Jan 9 - J.F. Harvey to Hamilton.
Jan 10 - Hamilton to Effie, commenting on the difficulty of promotion once one is out of Canada.
Jan 19 - Hamilton to Reid
Jan 24 - Hamilton to Effie, commenting on German air raids.
Jan 27 - Hamilton to Reid, telling of his promotion to captain.
Feb 3 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro, telling her of his encounter with Lord Kitchener in London. Mentions a German air raid.
Feb 9 - Hamilton to Reid, this letter and the one above were written on a train and describe a trip to Portsmouth and Southampton on duty.
Feb 9 - E.T.B [Ellsmore] to Hamilton, commenting on Canadian officers.
Feb 10 - Hamilton to Effie, telling of a nursing sister who had been stationed at Lemnos Island near Dardanelles.
Feb 20 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro, telling her of a visit by his brother Alan.
Feb 26 - Hamilton to Reid, describing the trip to Scotland which he and Alan made. Description of the North Sea Fleet in Edinburgh harbour.
Feb 28 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro
Mar 10 - Hamilton to Aunt Jessie Hamilton. He has received his embarkation orders for France.
Mar 11 - W.H. Munro embarkation orders for Le Havre.
Mar 19 - Mrs G. Munro to Hamilton, news that Alan has been wounded.
May 4 - M. Harkon to Hamilton.
July 4 - Jessie H. McRae to Hamilton, mentioning an Ottawa street fair in aid of the Prisoners of War Fund.
July 9 - Elizabeth S. Henderson to Hamilton, describing a send-off of troops leaving Ottawa.
Aug 11 - Alan to Hamilton, describing the routine at Shorncliffe and criticizing its tedium. Mentions that Sam Hughes has visited the troops at John Moore's Plain.
5: Letters to W.H.
Munro: Sept to Dec 1916
Sept 29 and 30 - Letters and telegrams concerning Arthur Ackerman being wounded.
Oct 6- Effie to Hamilton, commenting on the dreadful casualty lists. She mentions the deaths of Grandma and Aunt Jessie and the necessity of giving up the house at 459 Reid Street and moving into their Brock Street house. Much news concerning Peterborough people and affairs.
Oct 7 - Reid to Effie.
Oct 9 - Effie to Hamilton, telling him that Arthur Ackerman has been badly wounded. Expresses a civilian's worries that so many local boys are in such danger.
Oct 12 - Mrs G. Munro to Hamilton, mentioning that the Canadians are again in action on the Somme.
Oct 12 - Effie to Hamilton, saying that recruiting seems to be slacking lately.
Oct 13 - Effie to Hamilton, informing him of Arthur Ackerman's death. She mentions again the terrible casualty lists lately and encloses an editorial from a recent Globe criticizing the lack of artillery preparation for the Canadian attack north of the Somme.
Oct 13 - Alan to Hamilton, telling him that he has applied for a commission.
Oct 16 - Mrs G. Munro to Hamilton
Oct 18 - Effie to Hamilton, expressing her deep distress at the loss of so many fine young men and her special grief over the death of Arthur Ackerman, M.C., her profound anger that young men like Ackerman are called upon to do so much for their country while strong, able- bodied men stay and home and do nothing. It's a touching, powerful, passionate letter from gentle Effie.
Oct 20 - E.T.B.G. to Hamilton informing him that his job will be Workshop Officer in the Troops Supply Column.
Oct 20 - Effie to Hamilton, informing him that a new battalion, the 247th, was formed in Peterborough two months ago. Recruiting is at a very low ebb and the government must do something decisive soon.
Oct 21 - Mrs G. Munro to Hamilton.
Oct 26 - Mrs G. Munro to Hamilton.
Oct 27 - Effie to Hamilton, enclosing a letter from Jessie H. McRae to Effie.
Oct 30 - C. Currier to Hamilton, regretting the enormous losses of manpower in France.
Nov 1 - Alan to Hamilton, informing him that he is now in camp at Crowborough, Sussex.
Nov 4 - Mrs G. Munro to Hamilton
Nov 5 - Jessie H. McRae to Hamilton
Nov 14 - Reid to Hamilton, commenting on Sam Hughes' resignation. Note that Alan is probably back in France again.
6: Letters from
W.H. Munro: 1917
Jan  - Hamilton to Mrs Munro, describing the Christmas dinner which was provided for the men.
Mar 6 - Confidential official letter noting that W.H. Munro has been appointed Officer Commanding, No.3 Canadian Ammunition Sub Park.
Mar 8 - W.H. Munro, Certificate of Transfer.
June 30 - Programme for the Canadian Corps Ammunition. Park field day.
Sept 3 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro
Sept 5 - Hamilton to Reid, describing a Pierrot company which had entertained the troops.
Sept 11 - Hamilton to Reid
Sept 12 - Canadian Corps Fall Championship programme
Oct  - Hamilton to Effie, telling her that Alan is attending a non- commissioned officer's school of instruction. Describes a four day leave in Paris.
Oct 18 - Hamilton to Effie, explaining the system for promotion in France. Describes the bombing of a hospital.
Nov 10 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro
Dec 6 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro, discussing the imminent Canadian general election and describing the election process at the war front.
Dec 9 - A.J. Rondeau to Private R. Coe and the latter's reply. An exchange of letters between a front line soldier and his minister.
Dec 20 - Hamilton to Effie, commenting again on the Canadian election and its results. Describes with some warmth the character of a number of Peterborough's citizens.
7: Letters from
W.H. Munro: 1918
Jan 4 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro. The letter is written from Tournai, Belgium. Hamilton becomes Officer Commanding the Canadian Engineers Motor Transport Company and has been ordered to join them in Bonn, Germany.
Jan 11 - Hamilton to Effie, asking for information on the Canadian Election.
Jan 21 - Hamilton to Reid, commenting on the value of Russian bonds. He speaks of the mutual understanding between British and German flyers to let each other know if one of the other side's pilots has been killed.
Feb 5 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro, describing meals at the front and an encounter with an American officer.
Feb 11 - Major F.J. McLean, Commanding, Canadian Corps Ammunition Park, to W.H. Munro congratulating him and his unit on an excellent inspection.
Feb 14 - Hamilton to Effie, asking about the report of a bad fire in Peterborough.
Feb 26 - Hamilton to Effie
Mar 8 - Hamilton to Reid from London where he is on leave.
Mar 12 - Hamilton to Effie
Mar 15 - Hamilton to Effie from Nice.
Mar [ ] - Hamilton to Reid, discussing the reorganization of the business in Peterborough.
Apr 14 - W.H. Munro, Certification of Transfer.
Apr 25 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro, telling her of French confidence in the Canadian Corps.
Apr [ ] - Hamilton to Reid, describing an air raid on Paris.
May 19 - Hamilton to Reid, informing him that the front has been overrun and imagining a scene of an average village's suffering under such circumstances. A very graphic description of what Peterborough and surrounding country might expect to suffer under similar conditions.
June 1 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro, describing the shooting down of a Gotha bomber.
June 10 - Hamilton to Effie
June 29 - Hamilton to Effie, commenting on the Americans in England and evaluating English characteristics.
July 5 - Hamilton to Reid, telling him that Alan is in England going through for his commission.
July 8 - Hamilton to Reid.
Aug 16 - Reid to Hamilton, concerning his commission.
Aug 19 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro, noting the recent Allied victories.
Sept 2 - Hamilton to Reid, discussing a water power development scheme and suggestions regarding making connections with a British firm.
Sept 29 - Hamilton to Effie, commenting on the success of the Canadian Corps.
Oct 17 - Hamilton to Effie, approving her plan for taking up work in the library. Describes a leave in Paris.
Nov 1 - Hamilton to Reid, describing his reception in a French village.
Nov 4 - W.H. Munro, a letter to his Officer Commanding regarding his seniority.
Nov 4 - Hamilton to Reid, more on his seniority.
Nov 8 - Hamilton to Reid, rumours of an armistice. Describes the country that had been the German rear sector. Comments on the German withdrawal from the area.
Nov 11 - Hamilton to Reid, "The War is Over."
"Nov 19, 1918--the kids in school for the rest of time will probably hang the rest of their history around it like our old friend 1066."
Nov 16 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro, telling her that he is off to Germany and describing the end of the war. Comments on Borden and Wilson. Dec [ ] - Hamilton to Mrs Munro from Belgium.
Dec 4 - Hamilton to Reid from Belgium.
Dec 10 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro from Belgium, telling her that Alan is sailing for Canada. Comments on the 3rd Canadian Division's ball at Brussels.
Dec 18 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro, describing Armistice Day.
Dec 18 - W.H. Munro, confirmation of his seniority.
Dec 26 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro.
Dec 26 - Reid to Hamilton
undated - W.H. Munro, application for promotion to the rank of major.
1: Letters from
Alan Hugh Munro: Nov 26, 1914 to Dec 17, 1915
Nov 26 - Alan to Captain Malcolm, O.C. 5th Canadian Engineers, Kingston, Ontario, volunteering for overseas service with the Second Contingent.
Nov 28 - Alan to Mrs Munro from Campbellford, Ontario, saying that he has been accepted.
Dec 3 - Alan to Mrs. Munro from Kingston, has drawn his uniform and equipment.
Dec 5 - Letter to Alan from the Superintending Engineer of the Department of Railways and Canals, Trent Canal, assuring Alan that every attempt will be made to find him a similar position to that he had occupied when he returns from the front.
Dec 6 - Alan to Mrs Munro, has been and training and outlines his routine.
Dec 14 - Alan to Effie
Dec 31 - Alan to Mrs Munro, telling her about a farewell dinner given to his unit by faculty members of Queen's University and their wives.
Jan 4, 1915 - Alan to Mrs Munro, leaving for Ottawa today.
Jan 7 - Alan to Effie from Landsdowne Park, Ottawa, describing the barracks and army life.
Jan 8 - Alan to Reid, telling him that his company is to be reorganized, dropping two sections that are French and making them up with Toronto recruits.
Jan 16 - Alan to Mrs Munro, describing a new field kitchen which is to be tried out.
Jan 21 - Alan to Effie.
Jan 25 - Alan to Mrs Munro.
Feb 1 - Alan to Mrs Munro.
Mar 22 - Alan to Mrs Munro, informing her that his unit has recently been inspected by the Duke of Connaught at Cartier Square and by Major-General Lessard, Inspector of Troops.
Mar 26 - Superintending Engineer, Department of Railways and Canals, to Alan.
Apr 11 - Alan to Mrs Munro.
Apr 16 - Alan to Mrs Munro, telling her that he is on the train for Halifax. He describes the troop movement.
Apr 17 - Alan to Mrs Munro, a telegram saying that he has arrived in Halifax.
Apr 30 - Alan to Mrs Munro bearing the return address Sandling Camp, Hythe, Kent County, England, describing the entry into Bristol Channel, the naval escort and the composition of the troops on board his ship the Northland. Also describes his trip from Halifax.
Apr 30 - Alan to Reid, a telegram telling of his safe arrival in England.
May 9 - Alan to Mrs. Munro, his address in Dibgate Camp, Thorncliff, Kent County, England.
May 18 - Alan to Mrs Munro, saying that he has heard that the Irish in Belfast are being armed by the Germans.
May 26 - Alan to Mrs Munro, is sorry to hear that so many Peterborough boys have been killed.
June 4 - Alan to Mrs Munro, the reserves of the 9th Battery of the First Contingent are camped in a valley below his camp. The Engineers were inspected by Major-General Steele, commanding Second Contingent.
June 9 - Alan to Reid, all the western battalions of the Second Contingent have arrived within the last week and are camped nearby. The Engineers and Signal Company are to be split up and attached to different brigades. Describes the digging of a trench and discusses the shortage of munitions.
June 30 - A. McPherson to Reid
July 12 - Alan to Mrs Munro, the 39th Battalion arrived a week ago and is camped near Shorncliffe. Another description of trench digging.
July 18 - Alan to Mrs Munro, the whole Second Contingent was inspected by Sam Hughes and Premier Borden yesterday. Describes the armed forces present.
July 25 - Alan to Mrs Munro, Hamilton has arrived in England.
Aug 1 - Alan to Effie, is on furlough in London and is going to Edinburgh.
Aug 24 - Alan to Mrs Munro, he is bivouacked in a temporary camp during a four day manoeuvre of the whole division.
Enclosed in the attached envelope are some loose leaves from his diary. These cover the period Aug 15 to 28.
Sept 5 - Alan to Effie, he expects to leave for France soon to a place just north of Armentieres in the line between there and Ypres. On Thursday the whole division was inspected by the King and Lord Kitchener. He describes the inspection and march past.
Sept 12 - Alan to Mrs Munro, Zeppelin air raids over London.
Sept 16 - Alan to Hamilton from Southampton at the point of embarkation.
Sept 16 - Alan to Mrs Munro from Southampton.
Sept 22 - Alan to Mrs Munro from Belgium, he is not allowed to give any information on his movements but describes his arrival in France and movement by train. He is comparatively near the firing line.
Sept 23 - Alan to Hamilton
Sept 28 - Alan to Hamilton, describing his arrival.
Oct 3 - Alan to Mrs Munro, commenting on recruiting at home. He has not been up to work on the trenches yet although part of his company has been. Can see the balloons used for observing artillery fire.
Oct 4 - Alan to Hamilton, describing the camp. He is working on improving communication trenches and discusses the working parties and military activity.
Oct 5 - Alan to Mrs Munro, giving her an account of the trip that he had taken to Scotland just before being posted to Belgium. Oct 19 - Alan to Hamilton, describing artillery activity. The letter is heavily censored.
Nov 1 - Alan to Effie, an official postcard.
Nov 2 - Alan to Reid, describing the artillery shells being used. Complains of the mud in the trenches.
Nov 4 - Alan to Hamilton, explaining the censored letter of Oct 19. More artillery and aircraft activity.
Nov 16 - Alan to Mrs Munro, mentioning some casualties.
Nov 22 - Alan to Hamilton, commenting on the differences between Saxon and Prussian troops when they attack the trenches.
Nov 29 - Alan to Mrs Munro.
Dec 2 - Alan to Hamilton, mentioning the loss of a hospital ship in the English Channel.
Dec 2 - Alan to Effie, describing a heavy artillery bombardment. Explains the difference between a field company and divisional engineer.
Dec 14 - Alan to Mrs Munro, commenting on the mail situation. Describes the mud, the trenches, the dug-outs and the experience of being bombarded.
Dec 17 - Alan to Effie, an official postcard.
2: Letters from
Alan Hugh Munro: Jan 9 to June 29, 1916
Jan 7 - Alan to Effie, an official postcard.
Jan 9 - Alan to Effie, mentioning Peterborough School Board investigation but not its nature. Describes conditions in the trenches.
Jan 11 - Alan to Hamilton
Jan 19 - Alan to Mrs Munro, everything quiet, thinks Canada will send a third contingent.
Jan 20 - Reid to Hamilton
Jan 30 - Alan to Mrs Munro, describing a dug-out in a wrecked farm building.
Jan 31 - Alan to Hamilton (noticed missing December 2003)
Feb 6 - Alan to Mrs Munro, commenting on the burning of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. Describes the front line, its structure and organization. Notes that all of the regular infantry are out of the trenches for a rest.
Feb 8 - Alan to Hamilton, telling him that he expects to leave on furlough in England and Scotland.
Feb 21 - Alan to Reid from Glasgow, describing his company's position on the Western Front.
Feb 29 - Alan to Mrs Munro. Back in Belgium, mentions a charge made by Major Bennett and some Peterborough soldiers who were killed in the attack. Describes his leave in Britain.
Mar 3 -Stewart Laing to Hamilton, confirming the fact that Alan has been wounded in the leg.
Mar 7 -Telegraph to Hamilton telling of Alan's wound.
Mar 8 - Hamilton to Reid assuring him that Alan's wound is not serious.
Mar 8 - Alan to Mrs Munro from France, telling her that he is in a base hospital as a result of a shrapnell bullet wound above the left knee. Not serious. He is in a Canadian General Hospital. He narrates how he was wounded.
Mar 13 - Telegram from the Adjutant General to Mrs Munro concerning Alan's wound.
Mar 14 - Alan to Mrs Munro from Hospital in Oxford describing the hospital.
Mar 16 - Alan to Hamilton.
Mar 17 - David C. Lush to Mrs Munro, assuring her that Alan's wound is not serious and he is in good hands.
Mar 26 - Alan to Mrs Munro, Hamilton is at the front.
Mar 31 - Alan to Hamilton, congratulating him on getting to the other side.
Mar 31 - Claude Rogers to Reid, a telegram saying that Alan is better and walking around. .
Apr 2- Alan to Effie, hopes to be going into a convalescent home soon
Apr 7 - Alan to Mrs Munro from Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Bear Wood, Wokingham, Birks., describing life at the hospital. Mentions that Mrs. Pankhurst has been in Peterborough and probably shook up the ladies sewing circle.
Apr 9 - Alan to Hamilton, describing the hospital.
Apr 13 - Alan to Mrs Munro
Apr 23 - Alan to Reid from Canadian Convalescent Home, Bromley, Kent, to which he has been transferred at his own request. Comments on recruiting in England and describes the hospital.
Apr 25 - Alan to Hamilton.
Apr 29 - Adjutant General to Mrs Munro, reporting on Alan.
Apr 30 - Alan to Mrs Munro.
May 1 - Alan to Mrs Munro, discussing the canal at Peterborough. Mentions the Hydro taking over Trent Water powers.
May 7 - Alan to Hamilton, again mentioning the Hydro-Electric taking over the Electric Power Company.
May 14 - Alan to Mrs. Munro, discussing the difficulties of recruiting men for the 93rd Battalion at Peterborough. Mentions the rebellion in Ireland. Refers to Sam Hughes and a scandal over shell production.
May 18 -Alan to Hamilton, congratulating him on receiving his captaincy. Again refers to the rebellion in Ireland.
May 21 - Alan to Effie.
May 27 - The Adjutant General to Mrs Munro, reporting on Alan.
May 28 - Alan to Mrs Munro.
June 5 - Alan to Reid, referring to the naval battle that took place last week.
June 13 - Alan to Mrs Munro, noting that Lord Kitchener has been drowned on his way to Russia.
June 19 - Alan to Mrs Munro, describing hospital activities.
June 22 - Alan to Hamilton, discussing the possibility of getting a commission. Refers to Hydro taking over all generating stations, the Canadians at Ypres, the loss of Kitchener.
June 24 - Alan to Hamilton, again discussing a commission. Wants to return to duty with his company.
June 29 - Alan to Mrs Munro, he has heard that there are about 17,000 Canadians in hospitals around London following all the activity in the Ypres area.
3: Letters from
Alan Hugh Munro: July 7, 1916 to Jan 11, 1917
July 7 - Alan to Mrs Munro, heavy casualties in the London Hospitals, 2,000 prisoners of war arrived at Southampton including half a battalion of Prussians.
July 13 - Christine Baker to Mrs Munro.
July 16 - Alan to Effie, expects to be leaving hospital soon. According to reports the British have got four miles behind the German front line on a three mile front.
July 19 - Alan to Hamilton, from Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre, Folkestone, Kent.
July 23 - Alan to Hamilton, he's going on sick leave in Scotland. Composition of the Engineers at the training depot.
July 23 - Alan to Reid while on sick leave. At Charing Cross Station there were great crowds waiting for a convoy of wounded.
July 28 - Alan to Mrs Munro from Scotland where he is on sick leave.
Aug 5 - Alan to Mrs Munro from Canadian Engineers Training Depot, Shorncliffe, Kent, describing his trip to Scotland Sam Hughes has inspected the troops at Shorncliffe.
Aug 10 - Adjutant General to Mrs Munro, reporting Alan's dismissal from hospital.
Aug 14 - Alan to Munro on Reid Street, Peterborough, a telegram.
Aug 20 - Alan to Mrs Munro, describing training activities, reporting on his application for a commission.
Aug 20 - Alan to Hamilton, describing training camp activities.
Aug 30 - Alan to Hamilton, reporting hat his commission has been recommended. Comments on the death of his grandmother, Aug 7, 1916.
Sept 2 - Telegram from Alan to the family at Reid Street, Peterborough, expressing regrets for his grandmother's death.
Sept 3 - Alan to Reid, grandmother's death.
Sept 10 - Alan to Mrs Munro.
Sept 11 - Alan to Hamilton, the Canadian are the Somme area.
Sept 18 - Alan to Effie, commenting on the disappointing recruitment for the 93rd Battalion in the Peterborough area.
Sept 25 - Alan to Mrs Munro, Zeppelin raids on London.
Sept 30 - Alan to Hamilton, the Canadians are busy on the Somme. Comments on tanks. More on his commission.
Oct 4 - Alan to Effie, expressing shock at Aunt Jessie Hamilton's death. Mentions Eric Fowlds at Lympne Castle and his sister Helen, a nurse at Salonika (cf. Fowlds and Marryat Papers).
Oct 4 - Telegram from Alan to the Munro family on Reid Street regretting Aunt Jessie Hamilton's death.
Oct 11 - Alan to Reid.
Oct 24 - Alan to Mrs Munro, is moving to Crowborough, Sussex, and will go into huts there. On October 26, he added a note describing the camp.
Oct 30 - Alan to Effie
Nov 5 - Alan to Mrs Munro, expects to be called out on a draft for France on Friday.
Nov 11 - Telegram from Alan to the Munro family saying simply "On draft".
Nov 14 - Alan to Mrs Munro, an official postcard.
Nov 18 - Alan to Mrs Munro from France, describing the movement of troops. Asquith and Lloyd George crossed the channel on their ship. Sir Sam Hughes' resignation.
Nov 26 - Alan to Mrs Munro, describing camp life and the muddy conditions.
Nov 26 - Alan to Hamilton, describing the movement to France and the camp.
Dec 2 - Alan to Mrs Munro.
Dec 10 - Alan to Mrs Munro, the election of Lloyd George as Prime Minister.
Dec 13 - Alan to Hamilton, Lloyd George as Prime Minister and Sir Sam Hughes' resignation.
Dec 17 - Alan to Effie, commenting on the French people and their towns.
Dec 25 - Alan to Mrs Munro, describing Christmas dinner.
Dec 31 - Alan to Mrs Munro.
Jan 1, 1917 - [Source unknown]
Jan 4 - Alan to Hamilton, has not been returned to his company of sappers because it was discovered that he is also a surveyor which they are not sending to the front. Comments on the Quaker Oats Company being burned down with the loss of 16 men.
Jan 7 - Alan to Mrs Munro, the Quaker Oats fire.
Jan 11 - Alan to Mrs Munro.
Oct 25, 1919 - Alan's Certificate of Service, Canadian Expeditionary Force and an attached curriculum vitae.
Dec 20 - C.P. Cameron to Reid, an official postcard.
Jan 16, 1916 - Arthur F. Field to F.D. Kerr from a German prisoner of war camp describing how he was wounded and taken prisoner.
Jan 28, 1916 - A. Chew to Reid, noting a new auxiliary hospital which is being financed by the Massey-Harris people. Speaks of the recruiting drive in the Peterborough area. Notes that it is a mistake to fill up the regiment "with misfits and bums and jail birds." "The slogan should not be `to fill up the 93rd' but `to fill up the 93rd with men'".
Feb 4, 1916 - Stewart Laing to Mrs Munro, hoping this summer will see the end of the war.
Feb 4 - Cyril Giroux to Reid, a postcard.
Mar 8 - A. MacPherson to Reid, from Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Bromley, Kent, saying that he has had Alan transferred to his hospital.
Apr 15 - J.M. Lower to Reid, reporting the death of Corporal Jimmy Campbell who had won the Czar of Russia's medal for distinguished service in the field. Photograph of his grave behind German lines enclosed.
June 19 - Jack H. Cameron to Mrs Munro.
July 5 - Norman Geale to Mrs Munro, he is in Sheffield with Aeronautical Inspection Department and is not allowed to fly very much.
July 12 - F.W. Burnham to Gerry [ ], noting his appreciation of Bairns father's pictures because of his own experience at the front.
July 28 - W.A. Holmes to the William Hamilton Company, an official postcard.
Aug 15 - Cyril [ ] to Reid, an official postcard.
Sept 8 - Claude [Rogers] to Reid, he almost had a trip to France with Sir Max Aitken. Asks about shell production. Comments on the effects of Zeppelin raids.
Sept 14 - Keith G. Lech to Reid, a postcard of the 93rd Battalion, C.E.F.
Sept 21 - Ross [ ] to Reid, a postcard.
Sept 26 - C.R. Cameron to Reid, commenting on life in a training battalion and the English system of training which the Canadians have adopted. Notes that the 93rd Battalion is nearby.
Sept 30 - Claude [Rogers] to Reid, reporting on the wounding of Arthur Ackerman and commenting on the savagery of the slaughter. News of various soldiers from the Peterborough area.
Oct 1 - [Lawrence Bradley] Kingston writing from his artillery position near the front line in France. Discussion of the quality of his artillery training in England and the lack of equipment there. "Things are going rather well lately and we are at last able to give the Hun a taste of what our men have been getting for two years and I don't believe he likes it." Describes his artillery position near the line. Comments on the cooperation between the artillery and the air force and is impressed by the daring of the latter.
Nov 13 - Jack H. Cameron to Reid, reporting news of a draft for France which includes Alan.
Dec 3 - Larry [ ] to Reid, official postcard.
Dec 14 - Hayrie Groux to Reid, official postcard.
undated - Terry [ ] to Reid.
undated - Claude Rogers to Reid, saying that he is on the staff on Colonel Sir Max Aitken in France. Tells of his difference with Hamilton.
undated - Members of No. 8 Company enlisted for Overseas Service.
1: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
Jan to Apr 1919
Jan 12 - Hamilton to Effie from Bonn where he is stationed during the early occupation of Germany. He gives a vivid description of the countryside and contrasts its peace with the horrors and ruins that he has seen in France and Belgium.
Jan 19 - Hamilton to Mrs. Munro, referring to the terrible fighting which has taken place in the British sector of the front. German civilian reaction to the Canadian occupiers.
Jan 24 - Hamilton to Effie, more description of occupied Germany.
Jan 30 - Hamilton to Reid from Andenne, Belgium. The Canadians have left Germany, a description of the withdrawal, Belgian reactions to their return. German atrocities in Belgium.
Mar 8 - Hamilton to Reid, worrying that all the jobs will be snatched up because of the forced delay of his return. Discusses who has the right to war the "Mons ribbon". German atrocities against the Belgians.
Mar 18 - Hamilton to Reid, discussing problems at the Wm. Hamilton Co. Description of the people and social life in Flanders.
Mar 23 - Mrs G. Munro to Hamilton, return of Canadian soldiers from overseas. Discusses the street railway construction.
Mar 24 - Effie to Hamilton, Alan is at home and will apply for a position on the Trent or Welland Canal. Return of the troops. A church service, the unveiling of two memorial tablets.
Mar 29 - Reid to Hamilton, describing the changes at the Wm. Hamilton Co. The economic state of the country.
Mar 30 - Mrs Munro to Hamilton, commenting on the unrest in the world.
Mar 30 - Hamilton to Mrs Munro, he has been writing to various people on prospective jobs.
Mar 31 - Effie to Hamilton, she is working at the Public Library and describes it. There are also a number of letters of application which Hamilton sent off during April.
2: Letters to and from W.H. Munro,
May to June, 1919
May 7 - Reid to Hamilton, urging him not to take his discharge and find a job overseas.
May 21 - W.H. Munro, Dispersal Certificate showing a discharge in England and designating him as a major.
June 21 - W.H. Munro, passport. The other letters in the file are mostly applications for positions, letters of introduction and recommendation.
3: Letters relating to G.R Munro's
death. Reid died suddenly of influenza on Mar 1, 1920.
Letters: Nov 18, 1918 to June 22, 1928 Pertaining to Effie's career as a librarian.
4: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
Apr to Dec, 1919
Mostly letters pertaining to his attempts to find a job. They include a curriculum vitae, applications, letters of recommendation. He eventually took a position with Vickers Ltd. of London in Nov. Before taking up a permanent appointment, he had a temporary engagement with the company near the beginning of July to make a report on the power scheme being installed at Bukuru for the North Nigerian Tin Mines Limited. There are several letters congratulating him on his marriage.
5: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
1920 to 1923
Mostly business letters connected with his work at Vickers Ltd. In the summer of 1925, Hamilton was promoted to the position of sales manager at the Canadian Vickers Co. in Montreal.
6: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
Mostly letters and plans pertaining to the Vickers Co.
7: Various reports and plans pertaining to the Vickers Co.
8: Gatineau Power Co. water resources inventory of the Coulonge River.
1: Letters to Angele, mostly from
Hamilton: June 13 to Dec 14, 1919
Hamilton and Angele Melina Marie Pouille of Bruay, Pas de Calais, France were married at St. Pancras, London on May 29, 1919.
2: Letters to Angele, mostly from Hamilton: Jan 7 to June 29, 1920
3: Letters to Angele, mostly from Hamilton: July 3 to Aug 25, 1920
4: Letters to Angele, mostly from Hamilton: Oct 3 to Dec 18, 1920
1: Letters to Angele, mostly from Hamilton: Feb 8 to Apr 27, 1921, May 14, 15 and 22, 1922
2: Letters from Angele, mostly to Hamilton: June 17 to Sept 4, 1919
3: Letters from Angele, mostly to Hamilton: Feb 2 to June 29, 1920
4: Letters from Angele, mostly to Hamilton: July 1 to Dec 19, 1920
5: Letters from Angele, mostly to Hamilton: 1921 to 1925 There are 8 letters for Apr, 1921, 3 for May, 1922, 2 for Feb, 1923 and 2 for Nov, 1925.
6: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
1926 to 1927
7 letters for 1926, 15 letters, some of them from Angele in France for 1927. Early in 1926 Hamilton was appointed manager of the Nova Scotia Tramways and Power Co., Ltd., a position which he held untill the end of 1927.
1: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
Feb to May, 1928
At the beginning of 1928, Hamilton became manager of the Bolivian Power Company Ltd., La Paz. Most of the letters are to I.W. Killam of the Royal Securities Corporation Montreal, reporting on the Bolivian Power Company's activities, negotiations and development.
2: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
June to Dec, 1928
The correspondence again is mostly with I.W. Killam.
3: Letter to W.H. Munro: 1929 mostly
from Effie, but several from Angele.
In Letters of June 4 and June 8, Effie gives and interesting account of a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend an American Library Association conference. She was accompanied by Winifred Branstead who, for a great many years, was the head of the University of Toronto Library School.
4: Letters from W.H. Munro, mostly
to Mrs. G. Munro: 1930
Descriptions of Bolivia and of the ancient walled city, Cuzco, Peru. Also an exciting description of a Bolivian revolution which whirled around the Munros for several days.
5: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
A good deal of comment on South American political affairs and the Depression.
6: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
In the early part of the year, Hamilton resigned from the Bolivian Power Company and returned to Canada. The bad economic times are discussed in a number of the letters.
1: Documents relating to the Bolivian Power Company including a history of the company.
2: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
Jan to June, 1933
During this period, Hamilton was appointed General Manager, Ottawa Light, Heat and Power Co., Ltd. More discussion of economic and social problems during the Depression.
3: Letter to and from W.H. Munro:
July to Dec, 1933
Many of the letters concern the preparation of a couple of lectures which Hamilton was invited to give to fourth year engineering students at McGill University in Dec, 1933.
4: Letters and post cards from Effie:
1932 and 1934
The letters of 1932 are all from Effie describing her trip to Britain and Europe. See also her diary for the period. The folder contains her passport.
5: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
A number of letters from people looking for jobs. Letters of introduction.
6: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
Several interesting letters from Alan describing road construction in Northern Ontario where he is working. Alan's letter of June 23 recounts a visit to the Ignatieff family in Toronto.
1: Letters to and from W.H. Munro: 1936
2: Letters to and from W.H. Munro: 1937
3: Letters to and from W.H. Munro: 1938
4: Letters to and from W.H. Munro: 1939 Some of the letters mention the Royal Visit and the out break of war.
5: Letters to and from Effie: 1935 to 1940
6: Letters to Effie: 1939 to 1943 Wedding invitations, letters of thanks for gifts.
1: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
1940 to 1941
Pamphlets and articles on energy conservation and wood heating.
2: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
1942 to 1943
A few of the letters comment on the war. An interesting letter, Nov 9, 1943, from T.H. Theobald to Hamilton and bearing the Peterborough Examiner letterhead, describes the process by which Frank Dobbin collected and used local materials for articles on Peterborough history and for his book Our Old Home Town.
3: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
1944 to 1945
There is a letter, dated Apr 8, 1944, from William Lyon Mackenzie King.
A letter dated Jan 7, 1945 has attached to it a genealogical sketch of the Honourable Zacheas Burnham of Coburg, Ontario.
4: Letter to and from W.H. Munro:
1946 to 1947
Several letters discuss the possibility of a take-over of the Ottawa Light Heat and Power Company by the Ontario Hydro- Electric Commission.
5: Letters to and from W.H. Munro:
1948 to 1950
Alan Hugh Munro died on Aug 30, 1948 and his will is in the folder. Several interesting letters from Miss Edith B. Lewis of Hudson Heights, Quebec, giving information on a number of Peterborough People during her childhood.
6: Twenty-two letters to and from W.H. Munro: 1950 to Apr 1962
7: Miscellaneous undated letters and other papers. Contains a brief memoir on the Munro family by Mrs Hazel (Dean) Anderson of Anson House, Peterborough, who was a close friend of Effie's.
1: Documents relating to Munro family properties at 352 Brock street and 572 Weller Street, Peterborough.
2: Letters and other documents relating to the Bronson Company. Indentures between the Bronson Company and the Ottawa Light, Heat and Power Company.
3: The Bronson Company: 1968. Much of the correspondence related to the collapse of the south wall of the Bronson Company Channel in Ottawa.
1: Work diary: 1909 - Two undated
work diaries in which internal evidence suggests that they were written while
W.H. Munro was carrying out engineering investigations for Smith, Kerry and
Chase, Consulting Engineers, Toronto, in 1909.
Work diary: July 20 to Oct 1, 1910
Work diary: Oct, 1910 - Sixteen numbered work diaries, numbers 1-6 (lacking number 13): Sept 21, 1911 to Feb, 1915 - During this period, W.H. Munro was manager in Peterborough of Electric Power Company in charge of Peterborough Radial Railway Company and Peterborough Light and Power Company.
Work diary: Sept 21 to Nov 28, 1911
2: Work diaries (continued)
No. 2: Nov 28, 1911 to Jan 15, 1912
No. 3: Jan 15 to Mar 11, 1912
No. 4: Mar 11 to May 13, 1912
No. 5: May 13 to July 18, 1912
No. 6: July 18 to Oct 30, 1912
No. 7: Oct 30, 1912 to Jan 21, 1913
3: Work diaries (continued)
No. 8: Jan 22 to Apr 1, 1913
No. 9: Apr 1 to June 20, 1913
No. 10: June 20 to Sept 25, 1913
No. 11: Sept 25 to Dec 26, 1913
No. 12: Dec 26, 1913 to Apr 29, 1914
No. 14: [sic!]: Apr 29 to Nov 5, 1914
4: Work diaries (continued)
No. 15: Nov 15, 1914 to Feb 10, 1915
No. 16: Feb 10, 1915
Military work diary, May 12, Aug 4, 1917
Military work diary, Dec 12, 1917 to Mar 8, 1918
Two undated military work diaries.
1: Work diary: June 22 to Nov 26,
1919 - This diary covers the period during which W.H. Munro was working for
the Vickers Company in Nigeria.
Work diary: Nov 8, 1919 to Apr 30, 1920 - Hamilton returned to Canada and Peterborough for a short visit.
Army correspondence book: Mar to July, 1916 July to Sept, 1916
As well as correspondence, these books contain technical notes relating to the running of a transportation unit.
Diaries: 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919 These should be used in conjunction with W.H. correspondence during the period.
2: Correspondence and notebook:
Feb 28, 1917 to Apr 17, 1918
Field message book:
May 6 to May 21, 1918
May 21 to July 1, 1918
July 3 to Aug 14, 1918
July 15 to Sept 13, 1918
Oct 1 to Nov 30, 1918
Dec 12, 1918 to Feb 12, 1919
Jan 22, 1920 to Dec 19, 1922
Mar 26, 1920 to Dec 17, 1922
4: Diaries (Continued):
Jan 1, 1923 to Dec 29, 1924
Jan 17 to Mar 6, 1923
1: Diaries (Continued):
Jan 2 to Mar 2, 1925
Mar 2 to Sept 9, 1925
2: Diaries (Continued):
Sept 11, 1925 to Nov 4, 1927
Nov 7 to Dec 31, 1927
Jan 1 to Mar 31, 1928
Apr 1 to June 30, 1928
July 1 to Sept 30, 1928
Oct 1 to Dec 31, 1928
3: Diaries (Continued):
Jan 1 to Mar 31, 1929
Apr 1 to June 30, 1929
July 1 to Sept 30, 1929
Oct 1 to Dec 31, 1929
Jan 1 to Mar 31, 1930
Apr 1 to June 30, 1930
July 1 to Sept 30, 1930
Oct 1 to Dec 31, 1930
4: Diaries (Continued):
Apr 1 to May 31, 1931
June 1 to Aug 31, 1931
Sept 1 to Dec 31, 1931
1: Work journals: 1935, 1936, 1939,
1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948
These journals were kept during the period in which W.H. Munro was manager of the Ottawa Light, Heat and Power Company.
Diaries: 1947, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954 (two diaries), 1955, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970
List of household effects, 392 South Street, Halifax: 1927
Expense book: 1949 Gasoline, oil expenses: 1937 to 1948, 1950 to 1954
Three undated notebooks
1: Effie Munro Diaries: 1901 1915
Describes activities on the home front, Red Cross activities, et cetera. During this period Hamilton and Alan both joined the army and left for overseas.
Mar 10 to Sept 9, 1917
Sept 10, 1917 to Dec 14, 1918
June 1, 1926 to May 4, 1927
May 7, 1927 to June 10, 1928
1931 to 1934
June 29 to Aug 17, 1932, diary of Effie's trip to Britain and Europe.
Expense book for the trip. 1941, 1943
Memoir, 1 page.
1: Photographs: 1908 to 1938
Contains also some post cards.
2: Photographs: 1908 to 1925
William Hamilton Foundry and special construction projects such as that at Chaudiere Falls in Ottawa.
3: Post cards: World War I, depicting battles and especially German atrocities. Also pictures of ocean liners of the period.
4: Post cards and photographs: World War I and immediately afterwards. Contains also some handsome, coloured mementoes of the war.
5: Post cards and photographs: England, Scotland, Ireland: circa 1926 to 1928.
6: Photographs: taken during a European trip: 1924
7: Photographs: 1925 to 1930
8: Post cards, Belgium.
9: Photographs: summer activities: 1901 to 1902
1: Photographs and post cards, Bolivia
2: Photographs, Bolivia: 1929 to 1930 Excellent views of the rugged country- side and construction sites.
3: Photographs, Bolivia: 1930 to 1931
4: Photographs, Bolivia: 1930 to 1931
5: Photographs, Bolivia
1: Clippings from Bolivian newspapers: 1928 mostly concerning the activities of the Bolivian Power Company.
1: Post cards, France, war period and shortly afterwards.
2: Post cards, Germany, at the end of the war, Spain: 1920
3: Photographs, family and friends: 1939
4: Photographs, 1943
5: "Post cards of places we lived in, or, travelled through."
6: Post cards, Britain and Europe.
7: Photographs, World War II period. Pictures of battleships, aircraft and other instruments of war.
1: views of Berwick-on-Tweed.
5: Natchez, Mississippi.
6: Notre-Dame de Lorette.
7: Notre-Dame de Paris.
8: La Sainte-Chapelle, Paris.
1: Peterborough and vicinity.
3: mostly British Columbia mountain scenery.
4: World War I.
5: the Alps.
7: Germany and Switzerland.
8 to 10: Scotland.
11: paintings and sculpture.
13: Ontario, Quebec.
14 to 16: United States.
17: United States and Canada.
18 to 20: United States.
1: W.H. Munro, work-related photographs. Photograph of Saint Luke's Anglican Church, Ashburnham. Convention and party photographs.
2: W.H. Munro, photographs of family, friends and trips.
3: W.H. Munro, photographs of family, friends and trips. Contains a number of pictures of camp and cottage life. Many taken by Alan Munro of one of his work sites.
4: Photograph of William Hamilton Shops, 1856. Hockey team: 1928. Collection of negatives, some of pictures taken by G.R. Munro, during the Hudson's Bay Railway Survey: 1908 to 1909.
5: Unidentified photographs.
1: A long photograph of the Queen's Engineers 2nd Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force, Kingston, Ontario, Dec 30, 1914, has been ripped. Alan Munro is in the picture.
2: A long photograph of La Paz, Bolivia which has been ripped.
3: Newspaper clippings mainly pertaining to events in W.H. Munro's career, especially during the period in which he was General Manager, Ottawa Light, Heat and Power Company. Several articles on Peterborough. Two articles on the William Hamilton Company, one concerning the take-over, by Canadian Vickers Ltd., in 1933.
4: Five letters: 1965 to 1975
Miscellaneous writings, Christmas card, membership cards and other material. Biographical material. Career resumes.
Two family Bibles which provide genealogical information on the Munro and Hamilton families.
Map Folder 1: Maps 1 - 15.
Maps 1 - 3 were drawn by Alexander Gross, F.R.G.S.
1. The Daily Telegraph War Map of Europe, with inset map of the Western Front. Scale 3":100 miles, size 76 cm x 102 cm. Shows political boundaries, railways, roads, forts, etc.
2. The Daily Telegraph Map of Europe (Peace Conference Map #1), , with inset maps of Arabia, Finland, Africa and Australia. Scale [ ], size 76 cm x 102 cm. Shows armistice lines, landmarks, boundaries, etc.
3. The Daily Telegraph War Map #13 of the British Front. Scale [4"=5 miles], size 102 cm x 76 cm.
Maps 4 - 11 are war field maps. Most of the war field maps show contours of land, landmarks, transportation routes, boundaries, as well as providing keys to other contents.
4. Fragments of 3 war field maps, undated and unidentified.
5. Northwest Europe, (France), sheet 3, 1914, (Dieppe-Amiens-Havre). Scale 1:250 000, (1 cm = 2.5 km); size 64 cm x 79 cm.
6: Northwest Europe (France), sheet 11, 1914 (Metz). Scale 1:250 000; size 79 cm x 64 cm.
6a: France, sheet 6, 1914 (Coblentz-Frankfort). Scale 1:250 000, size 64 cm x 79 cm.
7. France, sheet 12, 1914 (Karlsruhe-Strasbourg), Scale 1:250 000; size 79 cm x 64 cm.
8. Northwest Europe (France) sheet 16, 1914 (Auxerre-Troyes-Clamecy). scale 1:250 000, size 64 cm x 79 cm.
9. France, sheet 18, 1914 (Colmar Basle). Scale 1:250 000, size 64 cm x 79 cm.
10. France: Calais, sheet 13, 1915. Scale 1:100 000, size 74 cm x 48 cm.
11. Belgium: Antwerp, sheet 3, 1911-1912. Scale 1:100 000, size 71 cm x 84 cm.
12. The Daily Telegraph Map of England and Wales, n.d. Scale 1":2 miles, size 94 cm x 76 cm. Drawn by A. Gross.
13. Plan des Lignes d'Autobus et Tramways de Paris, n.d. Echelle de 1:27 000 size 48 cm x 38 cm. Includes street guide and key.
14. Plan de Paris, Divise en 20 Arrondissements, n.d., dresse par L. Guillim. Echelle de 1:16 000, size 76 cm x 58 cm. Use key from map 13 for reference purposes.
15. Vickers Ltd., Plan of Naval Construction Works, Barrow-in-Furness, circa 1920-1923. Scale 1:1250, size 22 cm x 48 cm. Annotated by [W.H. Munro].
Map Folder 2: Maps 16 - 27 Includes maps of Ottawa and vicinity, many presumably accumulated during W.H. Munro's tenure as general manager of the Ottawa Light, Heat and Power Company.
16. City of Ottawa, by Wards, 1932. 11 Sheets, plus 3 others - Key plan, indicator and top sheet. Size 33 cm x 46 cm.
17. Ottawa, Ontario. Map of Rideau Street between MacKenzie Avenue on the East and King Edward Avenue on the west size. Feb 26, 1936. Scale 1":50', size 157 cm x 48 cm.
18. Map of the City of Ottawa and Vicinity, Apr 27, 1936, 2 copies. Scale 1":800', size 71 cm x 130 cm.
19. Map of the City of Ottawa and Vicinity, revised Feb 1939, 3 copies. No Key, sheet size 38 cm x 51 cm.
20. Map of the National Capital Region ("Reproduced by Army Survey Establishment, R.C.E., 1959"). Scale 1":2 miles, size 79 cm x 79 cm.
21. N.C.C. Map of Ottawa, 1960 (for the tourist trade). Side "A" scale 1":2 miles; Side "B"(Ottawa and Environs) scale (with key) 6 cm = 1 mile, size 79 cm x 79 cm. (published by the Information and Historical Division of N.C.C.)
22. The National Capital and Environs, 1962. Side "A" scale (with key), 6 cm:1 mile; side "B" scale 1 cm:1 mile, size 79 cm x 79 cm. (published by the Information and Historical Division of N.C.C.)
23. Canada. Department of Interior. Water and Power Resources of the Ottawa River Drainage Basin (and St. Lawrence River), 1931. Scale 1.5 cm:5 miles, size 132 cm x 102 cm.
24. N.T.S., Buckingham, Quebec-Ontario, 1932. (provisional edition) Scale 2 cm:1 mile, size 61 cm x 76 cm. (Department of Mines and Resources) (sheet G ) NW )
25. Canada. Department of Interior. National Topographic Series (N.T.S.), Maniwaki, Quebec, 1933. (provisional edition) Scale 1":2 miles, size 61 cm x 76 cm. (Sheet 31 J ) SW )
26. N.T.S., Gracefield, Quebec, 1933. (provisional edition). Scale 1":2 miles, size 61 cm x 76 cm. (Canada. Department of Interior) (Sheet 31 K ) SE )
27. Canada. Department of National Defence. Geological Section. Ottawa: Ontario-Quebec, 1935 revision of 1923 survey. Scale 1":1 mile, size 61 cm x 76 cm. 2 copies.
Map Folder 3: Maps 28 - 45
Maps 28 - 38 are of the Trent Canal, Trent watershed and the Peterborough area. See also Map Folder 4.
28. Map of Clear Lake and Trent Canal lock 27 at Young's Point, Ontario, n.d. Scale [ ], size 74 cm x 53 cm.
29. Map of the Trent watershed area, cut and pasted together. Coloured [by river system] and enumerated. No date, no key, no scale, size 64 cm x 69 cm.
30. Trent Canal: Bay of Quinte to Balsam Lake. Oct 31, 1907. Scale 1":25 miles, size 66 cm x 74 cm.
31. Par of "Standard Topographical Map", sheet 2, N.E., . No scale (cut), size 51 cm x 65 cm. Victoria County to Price Edward County.
32. The Electric Power Co. Limited. Map of Part of the Province of Ontario between Toronto and Kingston. No date, but stamped "Received, Aug. 24, 1911", by the Peterborough Light and Power Co. Limited. Scale 1":3.95 miles, size 64 cm x 122 cm. (Water Powers on the Trent River)
33. Canada. Commission on Conservation. Forest Distribution in the Trent Watershed, 1913. Scale 1":1.97 miles, size 87 cm x 102 cm.
34. Trent Canal, Map Showing Canal Route and Watershed of Trent and Severn Rivers, 1913. Scale 1":3.95 miles, size 89 cm x 99 cm. Includes tables of watersheds and profile of canal.
35. Plan of a Subdivision in part of Island #107 Stoney Lake, Township of Dummer, (for Department of Indian Affairs, Canada), 1913. Scale 1":3 chains, size 41 cm x 66 cm. Surveyed by Fred W. Wilkins, D.T.S., Norwood, Ontario.
36. Canada. Department of Mines and Technical Services, (Canadian Hydrographic Service, Surveys and Mapping Branch). Trent-Severn Waterway, Bay of Quinte to Georgian Bay (with location chart and waterway profile), 1954. Scale [ ], size 71 cm x 107 cm.
37. Peterborough, Ontario. Map of City Bus Routes, n.d., no scale, size 38 cm x 36 cm. (Actual provenance, prior to W.H. Munro: Border Transit Limited). Reverse has index and bus schedule.
38. Peterborough, Ontario. Zoning Plan of the City of Peterborough, . Scale [ ], size 38 cm x 51 cm.
39. Canada. Department of Mines and Resources. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Scale 1":35 miles, size 107 cm x 79 cm.
40. Canada. Department of Mines and Resources. British Columbia, 1942, preliminary revision. Scale 1":35 miles, size 79 cm x 86 cm.
41. Canada. Bureau of Geology and Topography, Mines and Geology Branch. Mining Areas Map 900A. (Canadian mineral production and values). Scale 2 cm:100 miles, size 64 cm x 86 cm.
42. Canada. Surveyor-General. Alberta, Highways, 1948. Scale 1":35 miles, 64 cm x 46 cm.
43. Canada. Department of Mines and Technical Surveys, 1952. The Travels of Vilhjalmur Stefansson in Northwestern North America, 1907- 1918. Scale 1 cm:50 miles, size 36 cm x 43 cm.
44. Royal Bank of Canada, Oil and Gas Department. Canada's Oil and Gas Fields and Pipelines. 1955. Scale 1":60 miles, size 61 cm x 112 cm. B.C. to Quebec.
45. Bolivian Power Company Limited, La Paz and Oruro. General Plan of Transmission (sic) Lines, Power House Positions and Principle Consumers. December 1931. Scale 1:100 000, size 90 cm x 334 cm. Map bears power company's designation B-1056.
Map Folder 4: Maps 46 - 48 are additional maps of Peterborough and the Trent Canal.
46. City of Peterborough, Zoning Plan, n.d., with tears top and bottom. Scale [ ], size 104 cm x 114 cm.
47. Plan of the City of Peterborough, Jan 1, 1966 revised to May 6, 1968. Scale 1":1 000 ft, size 104 cm x 114 cm.
48. Canada. Department of Railways
and Canals. Trent Canal Charts, 1933-1934 with Index Plan for Charts (Scale
1":6 miles, 1925) and Profile of the Trent Canal (Horizontal Scale 1":16 miles;
Vertical Scale 1":400 feet); sheet size 104 cm x 51 cm. Chart scale 4":1 mile,
unless otherwise noted. Produced in Superintending Engineer's Office, Peterborough,
Ontario. 25 Sheets.
-Chart 1: Trenton to Frankford (colour, corrected to Dec 1933 from May 1918)
-Chart 2: Frankford to Glen Ross (colour, corrected to Dec 1933 from May 1918)
-Chart 3: Glen Ross to Hickory Island (colour, corrected to Dec 1933 from May 1918)
-Chart 4: Hickory Island to Campbellford (colour, corrected to Dec 1933 from May 1918)
-Chart 5: Campbellford to Trent Bridge (colour, corrected to Dec 1933 from May 1918)
-Chart 6: Trent Bridge to Hastings (colour, corrected to Dec 1933 from May 1918)
-Chart 7: Hastings to Rice Lake (colour, corrected to Dec 1933 from 1918)
-Chart 8: Rice Lake, 2":1 mile (colour, corrected to Dec 1933 from 1918)
-Chart 9: Rice Lake to Bensfort Bridge (colour, corrected to Dec 1933 from May 1918)
-Chart 10: Bensfort Bridge to Peterborough (colour, corrected to Dec 1933 from 1918)
-Chart 11: Peterborough to Nassau (colour, corrected to Dec 1933 from 1918)
-Chart 12: Nassau to Lakefield (black and white, corrected to Apr 1934 from May 1923)
-Chart 13: Lakefield to Young's Point (black and white, corrected to Apr 1934 from May 1923)
-Chart 14: Young's Point to Burleigh (black and white, corrected to Apr 1934 from May 1923)
-Chart 14A: Stony Lake (2 copies, revised from aerial photos Apr 1934)
-Chart 15: Burleigh Falls to Buckhorn (Lovesick Lake and Deer Bay Channel), (black and white revised from aerial photos, Feb 1933)
-Chart 16: Buckhorn to Gannon's Narrows (Buckhorn Lake), (black and white, corrected to Apr 1934 from Dec 1923)
-Chart 17: Gannon's Narrows to Bobcaygeon (black and white, correct to Apr 1934 from Dec 1923)
-Chart 18: Bobcaygeon to Fenelon Falls (Sturgeon Lake, 2":1 mile (black and white, corrected to Apr 1934 from Dec 1923), with inset of channel at Bobcaygeon, 4":1 mile.
-Chart 18A: Sturgeon Point to Lindsay (black and white, corrected to Apr 1934 from Dec 1923)
-Chart 19: Fenelon Falls to Laidlaw's (Cameron and Balsam Lakes), 2":1 mile, (black and white corrected to Apr 1934 from Dec 1923)
-Chart 20: Simcoe-Balsam Lake Division: Plan Showing Route Between Balsam Lake and Lake Simcoe (As compiled from Old Plans), 2":1 mile, (black and white, corrected to Apr 30, 1934 from June 25, 1924)
-Chart 21: Plan of Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching, as compiled from Old Plans, 3/4":1 mile, (black and white, corrected to Apr 30, 1934 from June 25, 1924)
-Chart 22: Seven Division. Plan Showing Present Route, Lake Couchiching to Georgian Bay, 1":1 mile, (black and white, corrected to Apr 1934 from June 1924)
Folder 5: Contains public, secondary and post-secondary diplomas, degrees and certificates achieved by W.H., G.R., and M.E. Munro; military commissions; Masonic Lodge certificates; and School of Practical Science (U of T) practice sheets and exercises, 1901-1905.