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MSHS Celebrates 50 Years!
Mississauga South Historical Society Anniversary

November 12th 2013

The Mississauga South Historical Society, founded in 1963, celebrates its 50th Anniversary in style on Thursday, November 14th, 7pm, at Clarke Memorial Hall in Port Credit (161 Lakeshore Road West). The celebration includes guest speaker Alan Skeoch, a tribute to the founders and past presidents of MSHS, and much, much more! Free! Join MSHS for a fun evening and cake!

For more information, please visit the MSHS website:

PAMA Recieves Awards
Excellence in Innovation and Exhibitions!

November 11th 2013


Heritage Mississauga congratulates our community partners and colleagues at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) for these well-derserved awards!

(From Press Release)
On Nov. 7, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) was recognized by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) for outstanding contributions to the Ontario museum community. PAMA received the Award of Excellence for Innovation and an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Exhibitions at the 2013 Awards of Excellence ceremony in Markham, Ontario.

“We are honoured to be recognized for PAMA’s commitment to creating valuable and innovative displays and exhibitions,” said Marty Brent, Acting Manager, PAMA. “We have aspired to create a space where visitors can learn about our community’s rich culture and heritage.”

PAMA received the Award of Excellence for Innovation for the Interactive Map of Peel, a 55” multi-touch screen built into a table that provides an interactive source of heritage and cultural history for Peel residents. This engaging technology bridges the gap between the Region’s past and present, and provides an interactive source of heritage and cultural history for all residents.
An Honourable Mention for the Excellence in Exhibitions category was presented to PAMA for We Are Here, the Story of Aboriginal People in Peel Region. This permanent exhibition gives voice to the Aboriginal community in Peel and beyond. Through innovative presentation and authentic voice, this exhibition provides visitors with an understanding of the Aboriginal experience over the past two centuries.

The Interactive Map of Peel was funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Sport and was created in partnership with Albion Bolton Historical Society, Brampton Heritage Board, Brampton Historical Society, Caledon Heritage Committee, Heritage Mississauga, Historic Bovaird House, Mississauga Library System, Museums of Mississauga, Streetsville Historical Society, and Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. PAMA acknowledges the Peel Aboriginal Network, Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation, Métis Nation of Ontario, Credit River Métis Council, and distinguished advisors from the community in the development of We Are Here, the Story of Aboriginal People in Peel Region.

The Ontario Museum Association’s awards are designed to recognize outstanding contributions to the Ontario museum community with an emphasis on innovation, to advance the museum profession in Ontario and to encourage high standards of excellence in the museum field.

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton. Visit to learn more.

Passing of a Heritage Champion
In memory of Marian M. Gibson (1937-2013)

November 11th 2013

Marian Gibson (on left) with Mayor Hazel McCallion, 2006


Heritage Mississauga was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Marian M. Gibson, a past president of our organization. Born in 1937 in Wales and a resident of Port Credit, Marian passed away on November 8th, 2013.

To those who knew her and shared her love of history, Marian was many things: a former teacher, for whom a passion for learning and sharing knowledge was evident to all who knew her; a free-lance writer keenly interested in local history; and a passionate volunteer extraordinaire. She was a valuable contributor to, and champion of, history and heritage in Mississauga.

Marian was an active volunteer with Heritage Mississauga since 1986, and with the Mississauga South Historical Society (she served on the MSHS executive as Newsletter Editor from 1988 to 2008). Marian was a frequent contributor (and proof-reader) to Heritage Mississauga quarterly publication, the Heritage News.

Marian contributed to her husband Eric’s book, Mississauga Moments, sponsored by MSHS. Marian contributed the chapter on the history of Port Credit to Heritage Mississauga landmark publication, Mississauga: The First 10,000 Years. Marian also wrote and edited Heritage Mississauga’s book In the Footsteps of the Mississaugas. Along with her husband, Marian gave many talks on local history and other topics to numerous groups in Mississauga and beyond.

Marian joined the Board of Directors of Heritage Mississauga in 1989, serving as President from 1992-1994 and 2002-2007. Marian worked with the Maanjidowin Committee to bring an aboriginal celebration to Saddington Park in Port Credit in 2005, and was a member of the Mississauga Arts and Heritage Plan Steering Committee and the inaugural Doors Open Mississauga Committee, amongst many, many other activities.
Visitations will take place at Skinner and Middlebrook (128 Lakeshore Road East, Port Credit) on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. The funeral service takes place at the Skinner and Middlebrook Chapel on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, at 11 am.

BBC documents the Mississauga Train Derailment of 1979
Witness, BBC World Service

November 11th 2013

BBC World Service program "Witness" documents the 1979 Mississauga Train Derailment:

In Memory of a friend of Heritage
Benson A. Madill (1915-2013)

November 1st 2013

In memory of Benson (Ben) Madill (1915-2013)

Ben Madill (centre) receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award in 2010

In his 99th year passed away peacefully after a full and rewarding life on October 30th, 2013 at Groves Memorial Hospital, Fergus, Ontario. Ben leaves behind his beloved wife of 66 years, Marjorie (Tipping). He will always be remembered by his daughters Bessie (Alan) Harriston and Shirley (Jim) MCFarlane, Guelph and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice. Friends may visit at Graham Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David Street, S., Fergus on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Saturday 10-11 a.m. Celebration of Life Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Reception to follow. Family burial at Britannia Cemetery immediately following the reception.

Ben Madill epitomized a lifetime of giving and is fondly remembered and well respected in Mississauga’s heritage community. He regaled generations with his stories and knowledge of the “old days” of Britannia, of farming, of life in a one-room schoolhouse in the midst of what is now the City of Mississauga.

Ben’s extensive knowledge of farming techniques, including rope making and woodworking, were exceptional – equalled only by his love for sharing his knowledge with young and old. His passion for clocks – his former home at Britannia was literally filled with clocks – was a source of interest and humour for all who visited him. Ben was a long-time supporter of local history and heritage, giving tirelessly of his time, energy and enthusiasm over the years to the Friends of the Old Britannia Schoolhouse, Heritage Mississauga, his beloved Britannia United Church and Cemetery, and the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA), amongst many other organizations. From blue potatoes and hand-made toys to his wooden bicycle, Ben shared his enthusiasm for the world around him with all who knew him. Over the years at Heritage Showcase exhibits Ben could often be found assisting the Friends or displaying his own clocks, much to the delight of visitors.

Always humble, Ben has been honoured twice with awards from Heritage Mississauga (1999 & 2007) for his involvement in the community, and in 2010 Ben recieved the Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Ben’s memories of growing up and raising his own family in Britannia and of attending the Old Britannia Schoolhouse are recorded for future generations of Mississauga residents in three books:

Britannia School and School Farm ... and my school days
Family History and Memoirs of Benson A. Madill
Memoirs and Refelections of Benson A. Madill, Volume 2

Ben will be truly missed by all who knew him in Britannia, in Mississauga, and beyond.

“Live for to-day, but plan for to-morrow” – Ben Madill

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