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BOOKS - Historically Bound, Embro and West Zorra 1820-2007 - Two Volume Set
By Dean Robinson.
A brief examination of this set of books leaves me envious of those with connections to Embro and Zorra Township. The Embro and West Zorra Township History Book Committee, and writer-editor Dean Robinson, have done a masterful job of capturing the history of their community, and condensing it into 1654 pages of well written, well researched, local history that is bound into two hefty volumes. Loads of releavant photographs with meaningful captions illustrate the work throughout.
The bulk of Historically Bound, Embro and West Zorra 1820-2007 is organized by Lot and Concession. Land division in southern Ontario townships was set up in a grid. Concession lines run in one direction -- Lots run at 90 degrees to the Concessions. When land ownership was originally transferred from the Crown to the first land owner, the grid system allowed for easy description and identification of property. That system continues today. For example, an individual farm could have been described as Lot 10, Concession 1 of West Zorra Township. The researchers who compiled the information for these volumes, examined the history of each lot, and of the people who have lived on them since 1820. A Herculean task that every reader will appreciate.
Everyone with roots in Embro and West Zorra Township will want a set of these books for their family, and to pass onto their children and grandchildren.
The following are links to names, and topics from the indexes of each volume (.pdf): Volume One Volume Two
Dean Robinson grew up in Mitchell, where as a high school student he contributed stories to the Mitchell Advocate and became hooked on Journalism. He joined the London Free Press in 1965, and from then through 1982 worked on newspapers and magazines, and at radio and television stations in London, Kitchener, Stratford and Seaforth. He has authored more than a dozen books prior to this work, as well as editing several local histories of townships in Perth County. Dean taught journalism at Doon Campus of Conestoga College from 1989-2001. Since his marriage in 1971, he and his wife Judy have lived in Stratford, Ontario.
1654 Pages (843 + 811)
8.75 X 11.25"
Indexes (for each volume)
ISBN: 978-0-9811175-1-5 (V. 1)
ISBN: 978-0-9811175-0-8 (V. 2)
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