John Curry, Stittsville News
July 18, 2017
The Goulbourn Museum’s annual Evening of Appreciation provides an opportunity for the museum to thank its volunteers and supporters for their efforts over the past year.
And this special evening, which was held on Thursday, July 13, also gives the museum an opportunity to recognize an individual’s outstanding contribution to the Goulbourn Museum.
This year that individual was the late Richard Mains, who was honoured posthumously for his outstanding contribution to the Goulbourn Museum with the awarding of the Heritage Advocacy Award.
Richard tirelessly worked on arranging the documents of the past, pouring through old documents to produce a well-ordered history of the past. He organized all of the records pertaining to the Munster Union Cemetery which are now available for research purposes at the Goulbourn Museum. He also compiled the records pertaining to Richmond cemeteries as well as cemeteries in Prospect and Ashton and the Dewar’s, Kennedy and Shillington cemeteries.
Richard was a longtime member of the Goulbourn Museum and served on the museum committee until 2002.
Richard’s son Jason, speaking on behalf of the family at the presentation of the award, noted that his father’s life revolved around local history. He told how his father began researching his own family’s history but then expanded his scope to research the local cemeteries as well as other historical matters. He said that his father showed that passion, determination and a computer can combine to make a difference.