Fonds 71 - G.H.U. Bayly fonds

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G.H.U. Bayly fonds

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  • [1973] (Creation)
    Bayly, G.H.U., [1907]-1998

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2 cm of textual material

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G.H.U. "Terk" Bayly was born in 1917. He married Fay (nee Anderson) in 1944 and they had a daughter named Ann, and two sons, Richard and John. "Terk" was a pilot with the 413 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F.) during World War II. After the war, he completed his studies in Forestry and spent most of his career with the Ontario Department of Lands and Forestry, where he was Deputy Minster of the department for many years. Later he held many senior positions with the Ontario provincial government, including the position of Secretary of the Management Board of Cabinet. After his retirement, he served as Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Foundation and the Niagara Escarpment Commission. He was an avid canoeist and in the summer of 1973, Jim and Jane Bayly, Eric and Pamela Morse, and Angus Scott accompanied him for a canoe trip down the Hanbury and Thelon Rivers. He was also a glider pilot and instructor and operated a farm and woodlot. Until shortly before his death, he chaired the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust. He died on June 9, 1998 at his farm in Meaford, Ontario.

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This fonds consists of a diary written by G.H.U. Bayly during a canoe trip from Campbell Lake to Beverly Lake via the Thelon Game Sanctuary. All members of the party were experienced canoeists and some had completed trips in the Northwest Territories on previous occasions. One of the aims of the trip was to record via 16 mm movie camera and sound recorders the sights and sound of their experiences with particular emphasis on natural aspects of the route, including wildlife and terrain. Included in the details of the diary are weather reports, observations of wildlife, including caribou and various bird species, and observations on topography. The diary also contains photocopies of photographs of including members of the party, maps, and excerpts from appropriately related reading materials (i.e. re: John Hornby). Included at the end of the diary is an index, equipment list and list of temperatures.

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