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Fallbrook Farm Heritage Site
Update 21

Update 21 - The Icing on the Fallbrook Heritage Cake, August 21, 2009

We are very pleased to be communicating with our staunch supporters after a rainy summer. Joan Kadoke, Jim Kirkwood and Graeme. Erin and Kris of Scottish Studies, U.of Guelph have been working intensely on the oral history project with the Ballinafad elders. It is going very well and will be available on the electric scotland and scottish studies websites, and eventually in a book being prepared by Joan Kadoke.

We have just learned that the Halton Hills City Council has become impatient also and will have their final vote on the Fallbrook Heritage Site, September 21, 2009 at Halton Hills City Council at 18.30. In our next update, we will give you more specific details on how to come to the meeting or contact Mayor Richard Bonnette and members of council to support our campaign to restore the Fallbrook complex(mill millrace, McClure-McKay Home, native site and bridge). A very sympathetic and articulate source close to council has informed us just recently that Council is leaning strongly to designating the complex which would be a complete U-turn. We will identify him with appropriate thanks after the meeting. It is time to mobilise our energies and supporters as we slowly move to victory. A victory that will be dedicated to the elders of Ballinafad, whether native iroquois, scot crofters or present day farm descendants.

Today, we present you the icing which originated once again with the report prepared by Tom Murison. The Ontario Heritage Trust, an agency of the Minister of Culture, who own Scotsdale, have supported us from the beginning and whom we have have consulted regularly over the last year, requested that a heritage study be done on the Fallbrook Bridge. Halton Hills wished to see if it could be preserved or demolished. The final report is being presented to you in exclusivity today on the Electric Scotland website. It calls clearly for the preservation of the bridge as is and the whole site. Go to the Electric Scotland site (Google Fallbrook Farm Heritage Site).

We will be back to you next week with an update on Tom Murison's current project, the restoration of heritage buildings at the Railway Park, south of the C.N Tower. Tom reasserts his commitment to the project. We await the approval of the Credit Valley Authority.

Back soon,

Sandy McKay, Steering Commitee, Friends of Fallbrooké 

Cultural Heritage Evaluation Report, Halton Hills Culvert #54c (.pdf file)

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