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This week Museum Strathroy-Caradoc launched an online collection database. This project was made possible in part through the Museum Foundation. The museum has close to 30 000 items within its collection and with this database we will be able to highlight a number of them online. The addition of records onto the online database is a work in progress and new material will be added on a monthly basis starting with our Photographic Collection.
If you find an image within the collection that you would like a copy of or have more information on there is also an order form and feedback form.
PastPerfect Online will allow people to search a number of ways. Keywords, advanced search, click and search and random images. You will find the database on our website under the Collections Tab.

Keyword Search
Allows you to search for specific terms and/or phrases.
Here are some helpful hints when searching using Keyword.

  • Use double quotations around phrases to produce results with a string of text present in a record rather than each word individually present in a record.
  • Both the AND and OR operators may be used. Use AND to produce records that include more than one keyword/phrase. Use OR to produce records that include either keyword/phrase.
  • The wildcard * is acceptable at the end of a keyword. Searching for histor* will produce records with the search terms history, historic, historical and any other word beginning with “histor”. Note – This will slow down your search and does not work in phrases.
  • Search terms are NOT case-sensitive, meaning that “Doll” and “doll” will produce the same search results.
  • Common words such as “and” and “the” are not searched unless except within phrases.
  • To the right of the search box is a box with choices of what records/content to search. You may initially narrow your search to, for example, only records with images in Object and Photos.

Advanced Search
Allows you to conduct a more specific search. Note – The helpful hints from above apply to advance search as well.
Word/Phrases entered in the box labeled Keywords, will be searched for everywhere in the record. In contrast, words entered in the other boxes will be searched for only in selected field associated with that search category.
Click the Search button when you have entered all the values you want. Search results will contain records that meet ALL the criteria you specified.  You can also select how to sort the results of your advanced search. You would do this by clicking a radio button next to the Search Category you want to sort on.
For example if you only want records of “Frank Street” (Phrase in Keywords box) between the dates 1920 and 1940 (Start and End Date).

Click & Search
This is a quick way to browse the database site without having to know what terms are in the database. This is organized by the alphabet.
Pick a letter to the right of a search category to see the options beginning with the chosen letter. You may also need to select a range, within that letter choice, that you want to view. Then, click the down arrow to see the individual terms/phrases for which you can search. Click a search term to conduct a search.
For example Under People you can choose the letter C and a drop down menu will be activated. All Last names that start with C will be here.

Random Images
Random Images is a quick way to browse the site. Click Random Images and you will be presented with a series of image thumbnails. Click the hyperlink below the thumbnail to display detailed information about the item. Click the thumbnail to see a larger version of the image.


In honour of Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital’s 100 year anniversary, February’s Artifact of the Month is the original wheelchair from the Hospital.
Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital was born from the generosity and passion of local citizens who wanted excellent healthcare for their loved ones, close to home. Since the initial endowment from sisters Alicia Fulton Inch and Jane Fulton Dyer in 1908 and 1909 respectively, our local hospital has continued to receive generous support from the community.

The original hospital was located in a converted home, once known as the Manson House.  This building was located across the street from the present day hospital.
The “Inaugural Day” was held on Monday Feb. 9th 1914 when the public was invited to attend and inspect the building. It was stated that 500 townspeople turned out to tour the building. Later that week, on Feb. 14th the hospital was fully operational and had 7 patients.
The furnishings, nearly all of which were donated was published in The Age however, a wheelchair was one item that was still in need at the time. This particular wheelchair, with wood varnish and bamboo woven back, seat and leg rests, was the first wheelchair used at the Strathroy Hospital.


The original wheelchair from SMGH

Today wheelchairs are made to fold up, some include motors and some are even designed so that when confined to a wheelchair one can still play sports such as tennis, rugby and basketball.
The wheelchair has been around for centuries. However, at the beginning of the twentieth century, wheelchairs had a much more basic purpose and a simpler design. Wire-spoke wheels, adjustable seat backs and moveable arm and foot rests were introduced to increase comfort. Wicker was the material of choice in the early 1900s as it produced a more lightweight chair then earlier iron models.
Another new feature were push rims, which allowed the person in the wheelchair to propel and steer themselves. This was combined with the handles which still allowed it to be pushed easily from behind.
For balance, a smaller third wheel was added beneath the wheelchair to prevent the chair from toppling backwards.
Our local hospital is a vital part of the social and economic growth of Strathroy-Caradoc.
Information from Museum Strathroy-Caradoc exhibit “Legacy of Care”

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Museum Strathroy-Caradoc opened to the public in 1972. As a community museum we strive to preserve and tell the story of Strathroy-Caradoc, and inspire residents to explore and understand the community around them.

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