Victor Suthren and his “library” of books. [Photo by Lindsay Suthren]

Victor Suthren had a long career before arriving in the Village of Merrickville. He was Director General of the Canadian War Museum from 1986 until 1997, when he left and he was appointed an Honorary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1997 until 2014, with responsibility for promoting a wider appreciation for Canadian naval history in the public sphere. On top of all that, Victor has had thirteen books published, many of historical fiction, of which the latest, “Black Flag of the North”, an amazing adventure story about the “King of the Pirates”, happens to be a true story.

Victor’s time at the Museum and in the Navy had involved organising many public events, designed to promote Canadian history and bring it to the Canadian public. He believes he could do a similar job here in Merrickville-Wolford. “I realised that there is such a rich heritage here, and so many already protecting it. I thought I might be able to add my experience from Federal Heritage activity to keeping what we have and still prudently advancing. I’d love to see the historical side of this town enhanced and to celebrate it a lot more.”

In the meantime, Victor has provided residents of Merrickville-Wolford and far beyond with a wonderful library of books to entertain and stimulate interest in Canada’s rich history.


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