Thursday, 22 March 2018

Honouring Sir Arthur Doughty

22 March 2018 is the 158th anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur George Doughty in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.
Arriving in Canada in 1886 he was the longest serving Dominion Archivist and Keeper of the Public Records of Canada, from 1904 until 1935. He died in December 1936 and is buried with his second wife in Ottawa's Notre Dame Cemetery.
Sadly the Dictionary of Canadian Biography has yet to publish his biography. There are short articles in Wikipedia and The Canadian Encyclopedia.
Researchers live in hope that as ever more documents are digitized facts behind mysteries of Doughty's life might be revealed. A January 1881 newspaper from Berkshire reports that Mr Arthur Doughty was responsible for decorating the National School Room on the occasion of a meeting of the Juvenile Branch of the Maidenhead Church of England Temperance Society. Not everything that comes to light will be enlightening!

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