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Books and Reports about Perth and Area

The long and interesting history of Perth and area has been well-chronicled over the years. As it is not possible to list all of the excellent books, the following list is provided as examples of what is available:

Perth and Area History Books:

  • Journal and books by the Rev. William Bell (Perth Museum)

  • Pioneer Sketches in the District of Bathurst, Andrew Haydon (1925, The Ryerson Press, Toronto)

  • A Pioneer History of the County of Lanark, Jean S. McGill (1968 Clay Publishing Co. Ltd., Bewdley, Ontario)

  • Perth – Tradition & Style in Eastern Ontario, Larry Turner (1992 Natural Heritage Inc.)

  • A Matter of Honour and Other Tales of Early Perth, Susan Code McDougall (1996 The General Store Publishing House, Renfrew, Ontario) (may be viewed on Google Books)

  • The Merchants, Professionals and Tradespeople of Perth, Gus Quattrocchi, Perth (1997)

  • Forgotten Hero, Alexander Fraser (1789-1830), Ron. W. Shaw & M. E. Irene Spence (2012, The Book Nook, Perth)

  • The First Tay Canal in the Rideau Corridor, 1830-1850, Larry Turner, 1984 (Book on CD by Friends of the Rideau)

  • The Second Tay Canal in the Rideau Corridor, 1880-1940, Larry Turner, Parks Canada Manuscript 295 (CD copy, 2014, Friends of the Rideau, Smiths Falls, ON)

  • St. Crispins' Legacy: Shoemaking in Perth, Ontario 1834-2004, John A. McKenty (2014, John McKenty, R. R. 5 Perth, ON)

  • Tales of the Hare; a Prequel and Sequel to the Last Fatal Duel by Ron Shaw (2014, Friesen Press)

  • First We Were Soldiers; the Long March to Perth', Ron Shaw (2015, Friesen Press)

  • The Slippers' Keeper, Ian Wallace (2015, The Book Nook, Perth)

Other Books of Interest:
  • North Elmsley: Doorway to the Past, by Shirley Jones-Wellman, Michael McEwen, Irene Spence, & Jim Winton (For book purchase information Tel. 613 267 2232 or 613 283 4936)

  • At Home in Tay Valley, Edited by Kay Rogers (2015, General Store Publishing House)

  • Perth-on-the-Tay, a tale of the transplanted Highlanders - A novel based on earlier Perth and area, with some local history - by Josephine Smith, Merrickville Mortimer Co., Printers, 1901 (may be viewed on Google Books).

  • Rideau Waterway, by Robert Legget (1955 University of Toronto Press)

  • A History of Drummond Township by John C. Ebbs, 1999, General Store Publishing

  • Montague: A Social History of an Irish Ontario Township 1783-1980, by Glenn J. Lockwood, Mastercraft Printing, Kingston

  • Smiths Falls: A Social History of Men and Women in a Rideau Canal Community 1794-1994, by Glenn J. Lockwood, Motion Creative Publishing, Carleton Place

  • The Story of Lanark 1862, Centenary Souvenir, Lanark Centenary Committee, 1962, Lanark Village

  • Beckwith: The Irish and Scottish Identities in a Canadian Community 1816-1991, Glenn J. Lockwood, 1991, Beckwith Township

  • Glen Tay, Then and Now, by Barbara Jordan, 1997

  • The Dammed Lakes - an Environmental History of Crow and Bobs Lakes, by Lloyd B. Jones, 1988, Essence Publishing, Belleville, Ontario

  • Living by the Chase, by Lloyd B Jones, 2002, Essence Publishing, Belleville, Ontario (First Nations Peoples of the Bobs and Crow Lakes Region)

  • Rural Schools of Lanark Township published by Archives Lanark, 2010
    (For other books on area schools, visit www.globalgenealogy.com/archiveslanark/sale.htm)

  • Rural Schools; Drummond Township, published by Archives Lanark, 2015

  • Voices of Pike Lake Edited by Kay Rogers (2011, General Store Publishing House, Renfrew, Ontario)

  • BurgessWood, published by BurgessWood Property Owners Association (Perth Library and Perth Museum) , 2012

  • The Rideau Route; Exploring the Pre-Canal Waterway, by Ken W. Watson (2007, Ken W. Watson)



Reports and Documents:

Archaeological examination of the old St. Andrews Church Site by Ontario Realty Corporation, 2009



 
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