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W9864s TO MATT BROMAN from his associate, T.B. McQuesten
Jan 26 1944
To: Matt Broman Niagara Falls, Ontario.
From: T.B. McQuesten,


461 University Ave
Toronto, 2
January 26, 1944.

The Apprentice Gardeners School,
The Niagara Parks Commission,
Niagara Falls, Ont.

Dear Sirs:-1

I was deeply interested in the announcement of the establishment of the School as told in the December issue of the Journal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. I think it is a most important development.

Nearly twenty-five years ago I saw the need for such educated and trained men in Canada. Beginning with a small churchyard adjoining the West Puslinch Presbyterian Church and its surroundings in South Wellington which I developed with the aid and advice and (awkward?) plan of Olmstead Brothers of Brookline.

Later, the University of Western Ontario, London, with the allied colleges, were good enough to accept my suggestions for laying out their extensive grounds, and I engaged Gordon Culham, a graduate of the O.A.C. and an M.L.A. of Harvard University, who had many years of practical training with Olmstead Brothers, and Adams Bros, town planning architechts. The results and influences which have developed from the work of these landscape architects have been most satisfactory and have served as suggestions for similar developments throughout the country.

As a result of this and on the suggestion of the University of Western Ontario, I have arranged with Mr Culham to deliver annually a course of lectures and studies to the students of the University. The idea being to give them a grounding in the more artistic laying out of gardens and larger properties throughout the country by these students when they graduate and settle down in various parts of the Dominion.

I am sureyou [sic] will at once see the numerous openings that will develop from the good work you have inaugurated.

You have probably not heard of the work at either West Puslinch or the University of Western Ontario, as no attempt has been made to advertise it; but I am giving you this background bedause [sic] I would like, if possible, to have you kindly recommend one of your graduates who would care to come into my employ as gardener at the Manse, Crieff, West Puslinch--first, to handle fruit and vegetable gardens for myself, and, next, to give some help and advice in connection with gardens on farms adjoining. I have one hundred acres adjoining the Church which Olmsteds laid out for me which I have planted heavily, but not yet completed, in forest, trails, paths, etc. Culham has been following for me.

About what pay do your graduates expect?

Thanking you in anticipation,
Yours truly,
I.B. MacLean

1 The items referred to here are: W9864q (986.1.085.1); W9864r (986.1.085.2).

Matt Broman worked very closely with Thomas B. McQuesten on many of his projects in Hamilton and in Niagara. There is a plaque commemorating Matt Broman's work at the RBG near the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge. There is also a small lookout park named after him on the brow overlooking King's Forest Park in Hamilton. The series of letters beginning with "986" are all part of the Broman collection. This document was originally numbered 986.1.085.3 but has been renumbered for cataloguing purposes.

For more information on T.B. McQuesten see his biography.

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