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Conférences passées
Conférences de 2009-10
  • October 2009 - Elizabeth Abbott, "Sir John Abbott"
  • November 2009 - Michel Forest, "Frederick Coburn"
  • January 2010 - Adrian Willison, "Kensington Gardens: World Class Architecture in Beaurepaire"
    • Adrian Willison talked about the Beaconsfield housing development built by his grandfather Darbyson.
  • February 2010 - Valerie Verity, "The role of the Métisse Woman" Valerie came down from Pointe Fortune to speak to us about Magdeleine Poitras the wife of John McDonnell who built the home that is currently known a the McDonnell-Williamson house in Pointe Fortune. They had a total of 12 children, the first six of whom were born out on the land while McDonnell was involved in the western fur trade. A very romantic story.


  • March 2010 - Pauline Faguy-Girard - Based on her years of research in our municipal files, Pauline spoke very informatively about Beaconsfield’s development.
  • April 2010 - Elizabeth Abbott - addressed the society on Reverend Joseph Abbott, who was the author of 'The Emigrant’, published in 1842.
  • May 20, 2010 - Yvonne Cousineau, "Guenet: The Man, The Legend" at Centennial Hall
    • Coinciding with the Beaconsfield 100 celebrations our speaker will reveal her findings about Jean Guenet, who was a very powerful, influential seventeenth century official, the procureur du roi, and the first landowner in Beaurepaire.



Conférences de 2008-09
  • November 2008, Elizabeth Abbott, Dr. Maude Abbott, our first woman doctor.
  • January 2009, Gilles Perron, “J. Léonide Perron, First Mayor of Beaconsfield, A man destined to be Prime Minister of Quebec", Centennial Hall.
  • February 2009, Jean-Louis Denis in the very atmospheric setting of the restored heritage property currently occupied by the Beaconsfield Yacht Club,  addressed the subject of his ancestor who was granted land in Baie d’Urfé in 1678.
  • March 2009, Gilles Laberge, "The Iroquoians of the St. Lawrence Valley" and showed some very interesting slides.
  • April 2009, Anne Collette, "West Island architects and architecture from the eighteenth century up to the 1950s".


Conférences de 2004-08


  • November 15th, 2007   Adrian Willison, “The American Revolution on Lake Saint Louis and its Shores”; Centennial Hall
  • January 2008: Pauline Faguy-Girard, Preview of some of her findings in the Minutes of the Beaconsfield City Council meetings 1910-1957
  • February 21st 2008, Mr. Rudolf Okker, “Benedict Arnold in the West Island”,  Centennial Hall
  • March 20th, 2008: Michel Belisle, “Fief Boisbriant - Senneville”, Media Room, Beaconsfield Library
  • April 17th, 2008: Patrick Campbell and Jean-Louis Denis,” Aviation is in the air of Beaconsfield” and Défilé of TCA/Air Canada stewardesses’ uniforms, the Annexe.


  • Mar 15th, 2007    Jean Morrison, “Living the Good Life as an oral history interviewer”


  • May 17th, 2007  Julie Boivin and Jennifer Ouellet, "Heritage Homes"; Herb Linder Annex

    Julie Boivin, architect, Bureau du patrimoine et de la toponymie, Ville de Monreal, introduced the Maisons rurales / Farm Houses project on the island of Montreal. Jennifer Ouellet, completing her M.A. in heritage conservation, made a PowerPoint presentation in French on "Les anciennes maisons de ferme de l’île de Montréal et de l’île Bizard". Also will be the launch of the new edition of our Walking Tour of Beaconsfield booklet.




  • February 15, 2006       The Right Honourable Francis Scarpaleggia
  • November 16, 2006      Mrs Evelyn McOuat (Bremner) speaking about Douglas Bremner, her father: important figure of our city, artist, musician, philanthropist and member of the Order of Canada



  • November 17, 2004     Mme Françoise Duguay, President of the Quebec Archeologists Association, "Excavations at Pointe Caron"
  • May 18, 2005  Douglas Jack, Typonomy of the Native Peoples of this area
Conférences de 1990-96


  • Sept. 95           Mr. Este of the Bout D'Ile Society on "The Post Office".
  • Oct. 95            Mrs. Noreen Lowe of the Argenteuil Museum on "Victorian Diaries".
  • Nov. 95            Mr. Jean-Guy Brosaard History of "Old Montreal".
  • Jan. 30, 96       Ms. Beth Kirkwood - Royal Bank of Cda. "Quick to the future"
  • Feb 27, 96        Mr. David Freeman - "History of the Queen E. Hospital".
  • Mar 26, 96        Mrs. Evelyn Peyton-Taylor - "19th. Century Costumes. Male & Female".
  • Apr 30, 96        Mr. Robert Benoit – “Tokens and other Dairy Memorabilia”, (Bout de L’Ile hosted)
  • May 28, 96       Mr. David Rose - "Architecture of Montreal Ross & McDonald Architects"



  • September 94      Mrs L. Buck (Megantic County)
  • October 94          Panel discussion (Wartime Britain)
  • November 94       Mr. N. Cameron (Cosmology)
  • January 95           Mrs. D. Williams (Black Community in Montreal)
  • February 95         Mr. G. Kelley (Riding Representatives in Quebec)
  • March 95             Mr. R. Hodgson (History of Hudson)
  • April 95               Dr. M. Gillett (Women at McGill)



  • September 28, 1993   Mr. P. Campbell. (Sherlock Holmes)
  • October 26, 1993       Mr. W. Gutzman. (Postcards of the Lakeshore area) (Bout de L’Ile joint)
  • November 30, 1993    Dr. A. Kotaite. (History and Development of the I.C.A.O.)
  • Jan 19, 1994             Dr Ashton Kerr “Diving Free in Sky and Sea”
  • February 22, 1994      Mr. Lyle Cruickshank.  (N.F.B.films)
  • March 30, 1994          Mr. N. Cameron. (A Great Irishman)
  • April 27, 1994            Claire Gagné and France Bourgeois of Coup d'Oeil, the City of Maisonneuve and the Chateau Dufresne. Joint Session with Bout de L'Ile.
  • May 25, 1994 AGM     Mr. Terence Kerwin, History of Grosse Isle and Irish immigration to Canada.


  • September 29, 992    Prof. H. Senior "Quebec in 1837" Joint Session with Bout de L'Ile.
  • October 27, 1992      Victoria Stewart "The Founding of Ville Marie"
  • November 24, 1992   Mrs M. O’Keefe "A History of Tobacco"
  • Feb 23, 1993            Miss J. Rosen “Montreal’s Jewish Community”



  • September/91   Mr. Neil Cameron
  • October/91       Mr. Conrad Graham of McCord Museum
  • November/91    Mr. Steve McComber
  • January/92        Mr. Roy Wilson
  • February/92      Mr. G. Decarie
  • March/92          Mr. B. Grainger
  • April/92            Mrs J. Isherwood


  • September/90   V. Stewart, Quebec History
  • October/90       J. Collins, Sketches of Montreal
  • November/90    O. Lavallee, Early Railroading
  • January/91        A. Johannsen, Jack Rabbit Museum
  • February/91      J. Rogers, Pulp & Paper Research
  • March,/91         A. Kerr, M.D., “TheCherry Beret”
  • April/91            S. McComber, Indian Legends
  • May/91             R. Wilson, Canadiana
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