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Do you remember 1983?

Did you attend a local event or have a milestone recorded in the local newspaper, The Age Dispatch?

Did you go to the fair in Strathroy, Mount Brydges or Ilderton?  Were you on a sports team, hockey, basketball, soccer, football, baseball, tennis etc.?   If so you may be in the Museum’s Age Dispatch Negative Collection.

Some snap shots for 1983 include:
Joan Galbraith retiring from the Strathroy Post Office
Trillium Village being constructed and opening
Strathroy Blade Mike Stapleton scoring against the Sarnia Bees
Mr. and Mrs. Antonio T. DaSilva of Strathroy marked their 60th wedding anniversary
Mr. Dressup coming to Colborne Street School
Charlie Weatherby guessing how many candies in a candy jar
Wayne Pullen shooting apples at the First Annual Apple Shoot in Metcalfe Township
Turkey Fest Mocha Temple Races
Fire at Strathroy Furniture

There are over 800 negatives online to view.  You can go to the online collection directly through the link provided ONLINE COLLECTION or find in on our website at under the tab “COLLECTION” and the page “SEARCH COLLECTION”.

To Search the Collection once there you can either browse in the “random images” page or do a keyword search if you are looking for something in particular.

If you see one that you like fill out the order form located below each image.  There is a small fee of $5 – $25 depending on what resolution that you want and for what purpose.

Also if you have more information about a particular event or person that you see in the negatives that you would like to share please contact the museum at 519-245-1105 ext. 322 or


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.

About the Museum

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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