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Museum Makers: The Story of the Royal Ontario Museum by Lovat Dickson

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But owing perhaps to the force of Currelly's representations, fifty per cent of the income went to the Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology, including five thousand dollars for the long-overdue task of cataloguing the archaeological collection. The collections had all grown, even during the war, and growth had been particularly rapid in the early years of the 1920s. Thanks largely to 42 THE MUSEUM MAKERS the diligent work and extensive surveys of the Geological Survey of Canada and the Ontario Bureau of Mines (now the Ontario Geological Survey), invaluable evidence had been provided of the great age of Canada's geological history.

It first appears in the wording of Bill 138 in 1912, two years before the Duke of Connaught opened the Museum, and seems to have had no other sanction than that of parliamentary use. At its meeting on 12 November 1912, the new board of trustees of the Museum promptly enacted its second by-law, establishing the Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology and appointing Charles Trick Currelly its director. By-law no. 3, enacted on 3 April 1913, brought into being the Royal Ontario Museum of Geology (Professor Arthur Philemon Coleman, director), of Mineralogy (Professor Thomas Leonard Walker, direc- 36 THE MUSEUM MAKERS tor), and of Palaeontology (Professor William Arthur Parks, director).

As soon as I arrived there was talk of an exhibition.... The packing cases were brought together from different university buildings. They were emptied, and covered with paper, and made into tables for the exhibition. When it was opened [at Wycliffe College] it ran for a month, all day and in the evening, and I did what I could to talk to either small or large groups to spread information and develop interest. Inspired by this display of interest and by the possibility of a grant of five thousand dollars from the Ontario government for acquisitions, which Walker had told him was under consideration, Currelly returned to Cairo.

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