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How it began 100 years ago

Photo Courtesy of the Newcastle Historical Society

On July 1, 1922, there was a special ceremony and event to lay the Cornerstone for the Newcastle Community Hall. This Hall was donated by Chester Massey. On that day Chester’s friend, Thomas Montague, was given the honour of laying the stone. Also present was Chester’s son, Vincent Massey, who became the first Canadian born Governor General of Canada.

Mr. A.A. Colwill, the former Reeve of Newcastle and a member of the Hall Building Committee placed two large jars inside the cornerstone. The items inside the cornerstone included; a historical sketch of the Hall, a Canadian 1922, 5 cent piece, copies of all the major newspapers for that day, a large poster and a copy of the program for the Cornerstone Event.

On July 1, 2022, the 100th Anniversary of the Newcastle Community Hall Committee will replicate the event at King & Mill with the ceremony to take place at 2:30 pm.
Photo shows Thomas Montague and Vincent Massey on right.

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