North York Central Library continues with its World War I Centenary lineup of programs. This Remembrance Day evening, learn about William Avery "Billy" Bishop of Owen Sound Ontario, the top Canadian ace of World War I credited with 72 aerial victories.
North York Central Library, Auditorium
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto,
Tuesday November 11
Join aviation historian Keith Hyde speaking on the life of pilot Billy Bishop, V.C. war hero and legend. A most fitting topic of Canadian history honouring the Centenary of the First World War.
From Owen Sound to the air war on the Western Front, Bishop's exploits in aerial combat are well documented in numerous books, mostly positive but some questionable. Where was he based? What squadrons was he attached to? What type of aircraft did he fly with the Royal Flying Corps, which together with the Royal Naval Air Service became the Royal Air Force in 1918?
Admission is free. Everyone welcome. For more information call the North York Central Canadiana Department at 416-395-5623.
Toronto Public Library is offering many programs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The library also owns many items about Billy Bishop including biographies, Bishop's own autobiography Winged Warfare, and a famous Canadian play about Bishop. Here are a few examples:
The Canadiana Department holds a reference collection of Canadian genealogy, Ontario local history, North York history, and materials related to Canada. The Department also houses collections from these societies:
- Ontario Genealogical Society
- Jewish Genealogical Society (Toronto Branch)
- Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
- York Pioneer and Historical Society
- North York Historical Society