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Commander Robert Williamson

Heritage meeting delves into history of naval battle

Community residents are invited to attend the next meeting of the Flamborough Heritage Society on Friday, Feb. 22, when the not-for-profit group will host Commander Robert Williamson.

Commander Williamson is set to make a presentation, entitled A History Mystery – The Burlington Races, which will reveal the truth surrounding an 1813 Naval Battle on Lake Ontario that has become a legendary myth.

As the title of the presentation suggests, this battle has been likened by some historians as a yacht race. Yet Commander Williamson holds that they have not grasped how vital the spectacle was to the outcome of the war and Canada’s future.

Commander Williamson is a retired high school principal, a former Commanding Officer of Hamilton’s naval reserve and presently a long-serving member of the Hamilton Historical Board.

The Flamborough Heritage Society is a non-profit, volunteer group that strives to preserve and promote local history through public meetings, publications and an Archives facility.

Public meetings are held the last Friday of September, October, January, February and April. The March meeting will take place on the fourth Friday.

The Archives are currently located on the 4th floor of the  Hamilton Public Library’s Central branch, 55 York Blvd.

The Flamborough Archives, which can be reached by calling 905-540-5161 or emailing wefhs@hpl.ca, will be moving back to Waterdown when the new Waterdown Library is built. However, funds are needed to provide the community with a proper research facility. Visit the Society’s web site, http://wefhs.myhamilton.ca, for information on how to help.

The Flamborough Heritage Society’s Feb. 22 meeting will take place at the fully accessible St. James United Church, 306 Parkside Dr., in Waterdown. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the meeting is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost to attend and refreshments will be provided.

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