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Object ID # 1957.006.001
Object Name Model
Title Model of the 1840s Government House
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Date pre-1957
Artist Capel, John
Made John Capel
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County
Description This is a folk art model of the 1840s log "Government House" that was at the Village of Sydenham.
Provenance The model of the 1840s Government House at Owen Sound, Upper Canada, was made by Mr. John Capel, who was a retired Industrial Arts teacher who had taught at Dufferin School, in Owen Sound, Ontario.

He is listed in A HISTORY OF DUFFERIN SCHOOL 1889-1973, on page 28 as teaching Industrial Arts at Dufferin from 1924 until 1956. Page 22 mentions that when he arrived in 1924, Mr. Capel had formerly been an employee at the Owen Sound Collegiate Institute. He succeeded a Mr. Fred A. Campbell at Dufferin. Mr. Capel was very interested in sports, and coached a rugby team in Owen Sound. In addition to woodworking, he also taught useful home repairs in his classes.
Collection Folk Art Collection
Material Wood/Glass/Metal/Finish/Paint
Dimensions H-31.3 W-100 L-33 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Capel, John
Telfer, John
Bridgewater, Mary
Subjects Architecture
Search Terms Government House (Owen Sound)
Function A folk art depiction of a log structure that once existed in Owen Sound. The original structure was built by John Telfer, the government land agent, in the area behind where City Hall is now.