READ: Fort York’s Fife and Drum newsletter reveals new information around Toronto’s oldest cold case murder

The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse on the Toronto Islands in 1909. CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES (Fonds 1231, Item 1015b)

The latest edition of Fife and Drum, the quarterly newsletter produced by the Friends of Fort York, was recently released. As alwaysc it’s filled with stories about both Fort York and Toronto history. Included in this edition is new information on Toronto’s oldest “cold case:” the 1815 murder of the Gibraltar Lighthouse keeper, John Paul Radelmüller. Here’s a look at what else is inside:

  1.  Mayors of Toronto and their involvement in WWI
  2. An update on Project Under Gardiner
  3. The digitization of manuscripts from the City’s Museums Collections
  4. New life for a Fort York neighbour: The Wellington Destructor

All free!

You can download a PDF of the current issue here. But you can also go here to subscribe to Fife and Drum, so it will arrive in your inbox. Here you’ll also find back issues of Fife and Drum to download.

Fife & Drum lists upcoming events and recent goings-on at the fort, but it also has, since the Friends began publishing it in 1996, exhaustively researched essays and stories about the fort, Toronto and related history. I serve as volunteer director on the Friends of Fort York board, the volunteer advocacy organization that has helped look after the interests of City of Toronto’s premier museum site.