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The Stories of the Riel Uprising at Fort Garry and the Northwest Rebellion in Saskatchewan

Donald W. Thompson
Released September 2016. Exhibit series # 92.
98 pages, 8.5x11, spiral bound.
Colour C$ 52.00 [ISBN 978-1-927119-61-7].

Donald Thompson’s exhibit “The Stories of the Riel Uprising at Fort Garry in the Red River Settlement, 1869-71, and the Northwest Rebellion in Saskatchewan, March-August, 1885” is an interesting combination of rare postal history and equally or even rarer historical documents he was able to acquire over a 50 year collecting period. After a five-frame version was exhibited in the Court of Honour at BNAPEX 2010 VICTORIA, the author added more material before his passing in 2014. This volume combines the Victoria exhibit and the new material.

Don Thompson grew up in Zealandia, Saskatchewan. He graduated from high school at a young age and earned a pre-medicine degree from the University of Saskatchewan, then completed his M.D. at the University of Toronto. Following residencies at hospitals in Regina and Calgary, he took specialty training in pathology in Toronto and Boston. After a teaching fellowship at Harvard Medical School, he returned to Toronto where he became Head of Pathology at Toronto General Hospital and taught medicine for more than 25 years at the University of Toronto.

Don’s keen interest in history stemmed from documents relating to his ancestors' involvement in the colonization of Connecticut, Long Island and New Jersey from the mid-1600s and Loyalist settlements in New Brunswick and Ontario in the 1780s. In 2003 he co-authored, with Norman Wagner, Emerging Saskatchewan, a comprehensive study of the postal history of the District of Assiniboia from 1882 to 1905, and the transfer of post offices to the newly established provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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