The Louisbourg Fire Department – By William A. O’Shea

The History of The Louisbourg Fire Department – by William A OShea (Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada). Written by William A. O’Shea and published on June 18th, 1995.

Part 2 in the history series. A dedicated website to this work will be up and running in the next few days and posts will no longer be on Making Better Teachers. 

There are many kinds of teachers in the world. When we think of the word “teacher”, often we have images of someone standing in front of a classroom teaching young learners literacy and numeracy.

Teachers come in many forms. Some of the greatest teachers are those of history.

Every community has a history. That is a commonality we all have no matter what country we come from, whether we’re from an urban area or a rural hamlet. Our communities have histories.

With regional population migrations, often we see the more rural areas of countries such as Canada grow smaller and sometimes even disappear. Sadly, the histories of places like that are at risk of disappearing too.

Thankfully there are passionate men and women around the world who work diligently to ensure that those local histories are not lost. My father, William O’Shea is one of those people.

In 1995, William A. O’Shea published the Louisbourg Fire Department (a history) to commemorate the 90th anniversary of an organized fire department in the Town of Louisbourg in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.


You can download your own copy of the book here for free (with full permission of the writer): Louisbourg Fire Department – by William A. O’Shea


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The writer:

William A. O’Shea is a retired researcher, historian, and manager for Parks Canada / Heritage Canada. His professional life was dedicated to learning more about and teaching Canada about the history of our country. One of his personal passions has always been to learn more about local histories and share them with the broader community. He was a founding member of the Louisbourg Heritage Society, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Louisbourg (Nova Scotia) and wrote many books and articles about the town of Louisbourg and the surrounding area. He called Louisbourg home for more than 30 years. He now resides in Cornwall, Ontario near his home town of Long Sault, Ontario. 


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Willam A. O’Shea (Bill O’Shea) – Researcher, writer and historian.

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