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Meetings

Based on the advice from the Town of Cobourg and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, face to face meetings at Victoria Hall have been cancelled until further notice. In order to stay connected and to keep you safe during the pandemic, monthly meetings are taking place by Virtual Zoom webinars. You can join by desktop or a laptop computer, tablet or smart phone!

 

Cobourg and District Historical Society Meetings are held every month except May, June, July, August and December.  Meetings are held in the Citizen's Forum in Victoria Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the Month.  Meetings start at 7:30pm but coffee and cookies are available starting at 7:00pm.  Meetings are $5 for non-members and free for members of the society and students. 


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Stories

C46ELike any town, Cobourg has its share of stories -  things that happened that people remember and tell stories about.

The hanging of Billy King, the day the plane (crash) landed in Cobourg, the story of James Calcutt and the connection of HMCS Skeena to Cobourg.

Additional stories are welcome!

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A story of Love, Passion and Poison - By Paul Dalby. It was a day in Cobourg's history that no one would ever forget.

A massive crowd of 10,000 people - men, women and children had flocked to the town from all over Northumberland County and as far away as Toronto and Montreal.

There is no airport in Cobourg and there never has been - yet on Dec 20, 1951 a passenger plane landed in Cobourg.  Quite a story.  First a summary then a first hand account of the event.

On December 17, a chartered flight of a twin-engined C-46E Curtis Commando took off from Burbank, CA headed for Newark NJ via Chicago. On board were 44 passengers and 3 crew -  Captain Bruce Melson, co-pilot Ed O‚ÄôLeary and stewardess Sandy Daine. It was already late, it had been scheduled for a day earlier.

The James Calcutt Story and other mysteries - From CDCI West History Department

"In all his dealing, he was scrupulously honest, from the largest to the smallest transactions, and he endeavored as a leading citizen to give a tone of fairness to every important event in our municipal history."

John R. Taylor was the Director of the Restoration of Victoria Hall from 1971 to 1975.  He has made a video of the story of the building of Victoria Hall and the Cobourg Peterborough Railway. 

You can see that video below.

This is the story of the original HMCS Skeena - by Lieutenant (Navy) Chris Barker, CD.

The Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps #116, Skeena - serving Cobourg, Port Hope and Northumberland - is based in Port Hope at the Skeena Building on Mill street.