Fonds 2009.119 - Robert Elstone fonds

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CA ON00034 2009.119

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Robert Elstone fonds

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  • 1980-2007 (Creation)

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23 cm of textual records

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(1922 - 2007)

Biographical history

Robert (Bob) Elstone was an active member of the Burlington, Ontario community. His obituary reads: “… Bob was a man of vision and courage who wore many hats with a passion. Not only was he a WWII veteran (First Mate in the Merchant Navy), but an ambitious agriculturalist, naturalist, historian, entrepreneur, volunteer, world traveller, map enthusiast, master mariner, and master swimmer. He was the proud proprietor of Elstone Stationery for almost fifty years which was the hub of the community. His goal was to help and serve people. He was known as “Mr. Rotary” and during his years of service he has been involved in the formation of nine Rotary clubs including two in Egypt; as well as the past president of Burlington Central. Bob was the co-founder of the Burlington Rotary Fall Music Festival. He has been honoured twice with the Paul Harris fellowship, Rotary’s highest honour. He was instrumental, along with others, in establishing the Burlington YMCA., He received the first achievement award in 1976. For 36 years he had a teen program on Saturday nights at the YMCA and over one hundred teen weekend camps over the years. Bob was honoured as citizen of the year for Burlington in 1997. He was also the chairman of the Burlington Beautification Committee and Chairman of the Burlington Uniform Hours Association. He was an Honorary Life member of Hamilton-Burlington YMCA, Burlington Historical Society, Hamilton Naturalist Club and West Flamborough Heritage Society….”

Archival history

The papers were collected by Robert Elstone and stored at Woodhill, his heritage home, until after his death, when they were donated to the Burlington Historical Society.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Fonds was donated to the Burlington Historical Society by Robert Elstone's widow, Lyla Elstone, formerly Herdman, nee Bullock.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of personal papers and correspondence related to his Rotary years and researches, research material on Adam Fergusson, the Fergusson family and Woodhill, the Fergusson family home, as well as other material with some relationship to Fergusson or his family members. The fonds has been divided into three series: Personal papers, Adam Fergusson research and General research. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Personal papers (1959-2004) Adam Fergusson research (ca. 1840-2001) General research (1960-2004) Woodhill research (1930-2006). Within the Adam Fergusson research there are a number of loose newspaper clippings dated 1950-1960.

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The majority of papers are photocopies obtained by Elstone for his research.

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Archivist's note

The arrangement was disordered when the fonds arrived at the archives; however, with the help of family visits we were able to assemble what we think is the proper arrangement.

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