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Notes for Norma Dorothy CALLANDER


An author in the Wakefield area. Immigrated to Canada from her native Australia in 1954 to fill a nursing position at the Gatineau Memorial Hospital, where she met, and a few years later, married Stuart.

In 1953 she was working in England, and her and a friend responded to a newspaper ad seeking nurses for the new hospital in Wakefield (staffed by Dr. Howard Geggie and 2 sons). Stuart, the 3rd son, was studying medicine in London,England, where they met Norma sailed for Canada. That Christmas, Stuart returned home for about 10 days. A few months later, Norma left for England, “thinking we’d get to know each other a little better.” Stuart proposed as she stepped off the boat.

Published books (with her husband) about local history:

“La Peche: A History of Wakefield and its Surround Areas” (1974, expanded edition in 1980).

“Unto the Hills” (1976, history of local churches)

“The Extra Mile” (1987, 132 page account Dr. Harold Geggie’s (Stuart’s father) journals, covering 1885-1985 (including Hans Stevenson, I presume)).

Published books (solo):

“Wakefield and its People: Tourse of the Village” (1990)

“A Place A Part: A Search for the Pioneer Cemeteries of the Lower Gatineau Valley” (1999)

“Wakefield Revisted” (2003).

Norma won the Marion Phelps Award in 2005 for “outstanding long-term contribution to the protection and preservation of Anglophone heritage in the province of Quebec”.



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