Friday October 15, 2004 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall
Speaker: Michael Dunn
Topic: A Virtual Tour of Almonte’s Textile History
The lecture will concentrate mainly on the spectacular rise and subsequent demise of the wool industry. Mitigating factors relating to the industry such as water and steam power, the arrival of the railroad, local and world conditions and tariffs will be expounded upon. Many digitized images of old photographs and post cards will be shown as well. Most of these images come from Michael’s “Walking Tour of Almonte” website (almonte.clal.ca).
Michael Dunn is a retired federal civil servant who laboured for many years in the high voltage electricity industry and electricity metering field. He is the son of John Dunn who, for many years, has been the preeminent local historian and was raised in Almonte. His primary interest these days is the marriage of old information and new computer technology. He makes his home in a two storey apartment in the old Thoburn Woollen Mill in Almonte.