The Newcastle Village and District Historical Society, in Newcastle, Ontario was formed by a group of citizens in 1981 to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the former Village of Newcastle and its immediate environs. Today, we have an extensive collection of artifacts, documents and photographs and offer help with research into the history of the area, including its businesses and families.

We are located in the former public library in the Newcastle Community Hall. We have permanent and special displays in the historical room and are open to the public. We are a registered charity, supported by our almost 200 members, local sponsors and donors, with some additional assistance from the Town of Clarington and the Government of Canada (Canada Summer Jobs). We welcome all new members and donors!


News & Events

Photo of cover of On The House magazine and first page of the 100th Anniversary section

Newsletter Special Edition

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Community Hall

In May, NVDHS collaborated with Vatandoust Sirrs Real Estate Team to produce a special edition of their On The House magazine to honour the 100th anniversary of the Newcastle Community Hall. On The House is distributed free to all households in Newcastle, Orono and Wilmot Creek – you should have received your copy by now. If you haven’t, we have additional copies available at the historical room, so drop by any time we’re open (9:30 to noon, Tuesdays and Saturdays) to pick up your free copy.

2017 Family History Fair

Family History Fair & Old Time Country Dance

Cancelled

We regret to announce that due to low ticket sales/interest in the events on July 1, we have made the decision to cancel both. We hope to hold similar events in the future, on a date that doesn’t conflict so much with family activities and vacation plans. If you bought tickets for the dance, please contact Myno Van Dyke for a refund.

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Revised Constitution & By-laws

Explanation and Highlights

Due to the enactment of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (2010) in October, 2021, the Society had to review and revise our Constitution and create a set of by-laws in order to be in compliance with the new legislation.

We took the opportunity to review every aspect of our governance and have made a few changes, as follows:

  • We now have a separate Constitution and By-laws.
  • Number of directors is now 9-13.
  • Electronic meetings are now specifically permitted
  • Terms of office for all directors and officers is one year, with no limit on number of times a director/officer may be reelected.
  • Notice of member’s meetings is now 10 days (minimum) to 50 days (maximum) prior to the meeting.
Bob Malone

Bob Malone

Robert (Bob) Malone, former President of the Newcastle Village & District Historical Society passed away December 21, 2022. Bob was born in Belfast, Ireland on September 28, 1939. His parents, William and Elizabeth Malone, immigrated to Canada after WW2 and settled in Montreal Quebec. Bob had four sisters, Patricia, Maureen, Donna and Theresa.

Bob’s father was a naval war veteran and Bob followed in his footsteps enlisting as a “Trooper” with the Royal Canadian Army 17th DYRC HUSSARS in Montreal.   Bob also graduated from Concordia University with a Commerce degree. This education enabled him to work in a variety of jobs in commercial and industrial real estate mostly in the railway industry. He worked for Canadian Pacific, Canadian Nation, Canarail International and the Grand Trunk Railway.  In 1967, he married Rosemary Hachey and they had two daughters Laura and Amanda.

Christmas cookies

NVHDS Christmas Open House

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Come meet the directors and your fellow members and enjoy lots of Christmas treats, mulled cider and Christmas music. We’ll be open from 9:30 a.m. to noon and look forward to seeing you all!

NVDHS Float 2022 with Sher Leetooze and Lisa Whitehawk

Newcastle Santa Parade 2022

A slide show of the 2022 parade held in Newcastle on Sunday, November 20. Thanks to Willie Woo for most of the photos!

Descendants of those involved in creation of Community Hall

Fall 2022 Newsletter Excerpts

Keeping Newcastle neat for over 100 years

One of Newcastle’s longest-running community organizations, the Newcastle Horticultural Society was created and joined the Ontario Horticultural Association in 1914. Adopting the smooth wild rose as their emblem and “Newcastle the Neat” as their slogan, horticultural society members have shared their love of gardening and made a significant contribution to various gardens across Newcastle for over 100 years.

The NHS operates as an all-volunteer, registered charity. The first president was Newcastle doctor Dr. John A. Butler, who also chaired the Building Committee for the new Community Hall (celebrating its 100th birthday this year and next) and served as village Reeve in the 1920s.

The society’s activities have long been intertwined with the Newcastle Community Hall, from early planting efforts to major capital projects. In 2011, the society partnered with the Newcastle Community Hall Board and Clarington to create a Heritage Garden at the hall. 

1890s Garden Party attendees

1890s Garden Party – the video

Thank you to NVDHS member Les Harris for videoing the event! A wonderful time was had by all.

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