Robert Wilkins will be joining us for our centennial celebration

As part of its centennial celebration, the University Club of Montreal will be welcoming Gazette columnist, professor and genealogist, Robert Wilkins.
 
Mr. Wilkins will be leading a discussion on the Montreal of the time of (or shortly before) the establishment of the University Club clubhouse on Mansfield Street. Mr. Wilkins will discuss what Montreal was like at that time, what it was like to live in the city. The presentation is titled Growing up in Edwardian Montreal.
 
Robert N. Wilkins is a retired Montreal-area high school teacher of History and English. For the past sixteen years, Mr. Wilkins, also a genealogist, has been indexing death announcements and news items from the early twentieth century that appeared in the now defunct Montreal Star, Canada’s leading English language daily of its time. From this activity, one of the two resulting databases contains over 11,000 references to news stories covering the period from 1900 to 1910, many of which are for Montreal.
 
In pursuing his pastime, Mr. Wilkins has acquired a significant understanding of what daily life was like for ordinary Montrealers living in the city during the Edwardian Period; from crime in the dark streets of the town to tiny fish unexpectedly popping out of citizens’ water faucets. Mr. Wilkins has presented his extensive findings to various genealogical societies and organizations in both Quebec and Ontario.
 
Furthermore, for the past ten years, Robert N. Wilkins has been a regular writer for Connections, the quarterly of the Quebec Family History Society. As well, Mr. Wilkins was published regularly in the Westmount Examiner. At present, he is a frequent contributor to the Montreal Gazette on the former ‘Looking Back’ page and, more recently, on both the ‘Montreal Diary’ and the Op-Ed pages of that same newspaper. He has also appeared in both the Globe and Mail and the Winnipeg Free Press.
 
Robert N. Wilkins generously agreed to publish an article in The Gazette on the 100th anniversary of our Clubhouse, which will be celebrated on December 17th, 2013.



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