My Great Great Uncle – from the beginning

I don’t think my grandmother necessarily had a lot of “stuff”. But it seems like what she did have she kept for a long time. She died in 2008, and ten years later I was going through a box of some of this aforementioned “stuff”. I found a photo album,


that I think I had seen before but hadn’t really given much thought to. I brought it home and realized it wasn’t even hers. It belonged to her uncle – a man she never mentioned to my mother, never mentioned to me. We don’t know why she kept this so long – indeed, kept it her entire life as this uncle died when she was just 2 years old. And kept it through a post-war move across the Atlantic to Oslo. A move in the 1950s back to Toronto. Moves around Southern Ontario and two or three to BC and back to Ontario.

So I thought I’d scan the album, as it’s now over a hundred years old. And try to create a story from it. It hasn’t been too difficult – Nana’s uncle – my great great uncle –  pasted photos from his present situation at the Muskoka Free Hospital/ Sanitarium, next to photos from years earlier from when he traveled around the world as a ship’s surgeon. That adventure was, unfortunately, the trip of his lifetime.

To navigate this blog, please go to the MENU at the top right. Pages scanned from Dr. Robert Adam’s photo album are organized there.


all photographs (c) 2018 Lisa Drolet; permission required to reuse