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  • Mandy Sinclair


Updated: Sep 20, 2022

Bob shares stories from his childhood spending summers in Goderich, how the Huron Tract came about, settler arrival and the development of the Town of Goderich

In the second episode of Postcards from Huron County, podcast host Mandy Sinclair chats with Robert (Bob) Lee, a historian whose his Masters of Arts thesis The Canada Company: A study in Direction, 1826-1853 was completed as part of his studies at the University of Guelph.

Bob shares stories from his childhood spending summers in Goderich, and history acquired during his Master’s research which includes how the Huron Tract came about, settlers’ arrival on the Huron Tract and the development of the town of Goderich.

His grandfather, Charles Crabb Lee was the mayor of Goderich from 1931-1934, as well as the owner/operator, amongst other businesses, of the Sunset Hotel, a popular summertime resort destination where Bob spent many summers.

Favourite quote of the episode:
When I was a kid, people were saying that Goderich would be the Chicago of the north.

Bob Lee, while sharing memories from a childhood in Goderich

Bob also authored The Canada Company and the Huron Tract, 1826-1853: Personalities, Profits and Politics.

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Special thanks

Postcards from Huron County is made possible with funding from the Huron Heritage Fund and Community Futures Huron Community Projects Initiative and the support of Clint Mackie, Andrew Bouck, Nick Vinnicombe, and Mark Hussey at Faux Pop Media.

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