Bell Memorial Re-dedication Ceremony, October 24, 2017

Bell Memorial's 100th Anniversary Celebration

The GWCA is excited to promote this wonderful local history centenary – the rededication of the Bell Memorial.  This iconic monument, celebrating the invention of the telephone in Brantford was unveiled on October 24th, 1917 before the great inventor himself, Alexander Graham Bell.

The Battle for Hill 70 - Six Nations and World War One

Battle of Hill 70 - Who Will You Remember?

During the Battle of Hill 70, more than 9,000 Canadians were killed, wounded or taken prisoner between August 15 and August 25, 1917.  The following list represents the men from Brantford, Brant County and the Six Nations who were casualties from the time the Canadian Corp relieved I Corps of the British Army on July 10 (opposite the City of Lens) until the end of operations on August 25.

Click on the following names to find out more about these men:

Remembering Hill 70 - Six Nations, Ontario - 114th Battalion CEF

Remembering Hill 70

Learn about Six Nations' contribution to one of, arguably, Canada's most significant battles of the Great War - Hill 70.  There will be a short presentation on the battle itself and on the men from this area who fought.  The repatriation of Wilfred Lickers' medals and the donation of Oliver Martin's medals to the Woodland Cultural Center Museum will also take place.

Woodland Cultural Centre - August, 15, 2017 @ 7 p.m.

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON


Vimy Ridge in History and Myth - Peter Farrugia Doing our Bit

GWCA Presents: Professor Peter Farrugia - April 3, 2017

Dr. Peter Farrugia’s research interests lie in 19th and 20th century Britain and France, particularly the study of war and peace, as well as the history of Brantford. Peter is especially interested in history and memory as it relates to the First World War. His current research explores the impact of two of the world’s preeminent museums – the Imperial War Museum London and l’Historial de la Grande Guerre in Péronne, France – on perceptions of the Great War in Britain and France.

Doing Our Bit - Irish Canadian Rangers

GWCA Presents: Terry Copp - March 27, 2017

"Montreal’s Irish Canadian Rangers began official recruiting on Easter Monday 1916, the same day as the start of the Easter Uprising in Dublin. Their commanding officer Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Trihey was famous in the city and country for his exploits with the Montreal Shamrocks leading them to two turn-of-the-century Stanley Cups. Both Trihey and the Irish community supported John Redmond and Home Rule for Ireland, and continued to seek volunteers throughout the summer and early fall of 1916.

John Aubrey Holdsworth - Doing Our Bit

GWCA Presents: Gary Surette – March 15 @ 7:30 p.m.

Gary Surette is a retired radio announcer from CKPC.  When Gary is not piloting airplanes out of the Brantford airport or travelling, he occupies his time serving our community through various clubs.  Gary is a true community booster, and he is best known for his tireless work with the Brantford Airshow.  

Gary has always had a deep interest in Canadian military affairs, especially the world wars and the specific life of John Aubrey Holdsworth, a former Principal from King Edward School. 

Veteran of Vimy - April 9, 1917

Set in 1961, Veteran of Vimy is the story of a young university student who learns some of the best history lessons can be found outside the classroom. Kirby Matthews, a varsity football player, visits a southwestern Ontario veteran's hospital to get a personal account of the tragedy and triumph of one of the most important battles in Canadian history. 

Gala dinner featuring a tribute to Six Nations Veterans by actors, singers and dancers along with cuisine based on a three sisters menu topped off with a guided tour of the Armoury.

Teresa Iacobelli - Death or Deliverance, Canadian Courts-Martial during the First World War

GWCA Presents: Teresa Iacobelli – March 8 @ 7:30 p.m.

Teresa Iacobelli is the author of the C.P. Stacey Award-winning Death or Deliverance: Canadian Courts-Martial in the Great War – the first book to consider commuted sentences alongside cases that ended in tragic executions during the First World War.

Teresa received a doctorate in history from the University of Western Ontario in 2010 and is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow. Her current research examines how the two world wars have been portrayed in popular media and how these depictions have shaped Canadian identity and social memories of war.