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24 June 1866 Father George Belcourt debuts his horseless carriage at a St. Jean Baptiste Day picnic in Rustico, thus becoming the first Canadian motorist, the first to buy a car, and the first to import one. He is also the first to have a car accident when he fails to negotiate a turn and goes off the road. The machine is retired.
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PEI Museum Heritage Award Winners 2015

The Heritage Awards Committee: Anne Richard (Chair), Catherine Hennessey, Ed MacDonald, Claire Nantes and Ian Scott, with Boyde Beck serving as staff liaison, met on 20 January, 2016, and recommend to the Board the following Heritage Awards for 2015:

Heritage Activity

  • Roy Campbell and Robert Gelineau, for Nathanial Wright House, Bedeque
  • Geoff Hussey, for Charlie of Île Saint Jean
  • Knutsford Women’s Institute, for programming and community history panels
  • Peggy Hammill and Marlene Campbell, for More Than I Expected: The Story of Peggy McIver Hammill
  • Geoffrey Paton, for his work on Samuel Cunard
  • Reg Porter and Richard Campanaro, for Government House Guidebooks
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlottetown, for 1843-1883 cemetery restoration/renovation
  • Gretha Rose, for Bourke House, Charlottetown
  • SilverOrange, for 84 Fitzroy Street, Charlottetown
  • Victoria Historical Association, for various activities

Natural Heritage Activity

Robert Harding

Volunteer of the Year

Wayne and Janice Trowsdale

Publication of the Year

Earle Lockerby and Doug Sobey, for Samuel Holland, His Work and Legacy on Prince Edward Island

Mary Cornfoot Brehaut Award

Port Hill Women’s Institute

Irene Rogers Award

Sterling Stratton

Wendell Boyle Award


Award of Honour
Reg "Dutch" Thompson

Heritage Award Citations