Liverpool history buff pens new book

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Tim McDonald, born and raised in Liverpool, has just finished his latest book on the history of Queens County. He will be launching it in Liverpool November 28 at the Work Evolved building at 154 Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This will be the fifth book in the last seven years that he has released on the history of Queens County. He also co-authored a book with Connie Cole in the 1990s about the history of Milton.

The history buff, who now lives in Halifax, said he can’t wait to see the reaction when people get a look at the book.

“I’m quite excited about it. Probably, out of all the books that I’ve done, this has kind of generated a little more excitement for me, because it’s a different idea than what I’ve ever done before where I’m working on just two decades this time,” said McDonald.

The first two books that he penned alone were titled the same, Queens County: Photos from the Past & Present. Each page contained an old photo at the top. Below that he placed an up-to-date photo of the same location.

His following two books contained stories about people, places and events and were titled, Remembering Queens County. His latest project is a little different for him - same title, but it is focusing on the 1950s and 1960s.

“About two years ago, Armand Wigglesworth, who worked for the Advance, had died and his widower gave me a bunch of his old negatives from the 1960s,” said McDonald. “I scanned all of them and started posting a few of them on my Facebook. The response was incredible and my Facebook went berserk, so I knew I was on to something.”

He says a lot of people could relate to the photos, and he also began to get other photographers sending him photos from that era.

“That’s how it all started. It’s not just a history book for a lot of people, but it’s also a memory book. Even for me; I’m 55, so I don’t remember much from the ‘60s, but the businesses I wrote about were still there in the 1970s and ‘80s, and I remember them well. So I was able to put my two cents worth about my memories as well,” said McDonald.

Interviewing and researching for this book began about two years ago.

He has been able to find some notable photographs, and has 10 pages of color pictures. “As far as I know, I don’t think any other history book of Queens County has colour photos,” he said.

The author has enjoyed putting a few teasers out on Facebook and watching the “commotion that it has caused.”

Along with the November 28 launch in Liverpool, McDonald will also be selling his books December 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Liverpool Curling Club. As well, his books will soon be available at Coastal Queens Place in Port Mouton, Shore Thing Emporium and the Queens County Museum.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin