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Honorary Curator Emeritus, John Goldi CSC - PUBLICATIONS

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The longtime Director of Research and Collections for the Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum, Canadian historian, television producer, and cinematographer/director/editor John Goldi csc, is also its first ever Honorary Curator Emeritus. As curator of the Museum collection he has sought out, researched, and authenticated, over 7,500 historical memorabilia items (art, chinaware, militaria, and fabrics) most being over 100 years old, and being the finest of their type available.

CSC - He was awarded the "CSC" - Canada's highest award for a director of cinematography - "for outstanding achievement in the art of cinematography" by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, the professional organization of Canada's film and television cinematographers.

FILM & TELEVISION AWARDS JUROR - He has been called numerous times to serve as a juror for the Canadian Society of Cinematographers Annual Cinematography Awards, as well as to assist in honouring the best in Canadian Television (as a judge for the Gemini Awards) and the best in Canadian feature film work (as a judge for the Genie Awards.)

- John Goldi csc pursued university studies leading to an Hon. B.A. in Modern History, at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, and a B.Ed., and an M.A. in History, at Queen's University, Kingston, ON.

Indigenous Research & Experience - John Goldi lived for eight years in remote Indigenous societies, variously as a teacher, adult educator, school principal, and always as a student: two years in Uganda East Africa, two years in Inuit communities in Canada's remote high arctic, and four years in a remote Dene village on Great Slave Lake.

AWARDS - He (working with his longtime professional business partner Joan Goldi) has won over 136 international film and television awards at major American Film & Television Festivals (New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, State College, Houston) for his educational film and TV documentary work, in competitions featuring the best work of producers from around the world.

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To make his four-hour long television special on the Boer War - which won an astonishing four Gold Medals at Houston Worldfest, the world's biggest film and television festival (Best Program, Best TV Series, Best TV Writing, Best On-Camera Host) - he spent eight weeks filming Boer War battlefields in South Africa, driving 11,000 kms, and lugging his heavy camera, climbing many kopjes, while following the footsteps of the British, Boer, and Canadian contingents.

Canada's First Ever Historic Plaques on the African Continent

But he also discovered that no Canadian Government signage of any kind existed, on any historic locations where thousands of Canadians had fought in Canada's first ever military expedition overseas, and some 300 had died, and remain in South Africa. And this, shamefully, after the 100th Anniversary commemoration of the event had come and gone...

He further discovered, and brought to light, for the first time, two major buildings used by the Royal Canadian Regiment in South Africa in 1899-1900, and numerous fabulous inscriptions on stones scratched by members of the RCR in Belmont. None of these discoveries were previously marked, posted, or mentioned in the literature, or known to exist before, even by Canada's top historical experts.

He hand-delivered a huge documented report of his research, supported by a four hour video documentary, to:

- the offices of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Hon. Sheila Copps,

- to the offices of the Historic Sites & Monuments Board of Canada, and

- to the offices of Parks Canada, all in Ottawa, Ontario, demanding an end to "100 Years of Neglect."

As a result of his research, her successor, the Hon. Stéphane Dion, wrote him to announce that:

"I have recently designated Canada and the South African War an event of national historic significance."

And consequently he would order that Canada set up its first ever Canadian Historic Sites and Monuments plaques on the African continent.

Stéphane and John Goldi have another tie. In 1962, as a freshman at the University of Toronto, John went - at the urging of Paul Fox, one of his political science professors - to hear Léon Dion, Stéphane's dad, and a renowned Quebec academic, and Canadian political scientist, speak to a small campus audience.

(Léon died in 1997; Paul Fox, one of Canada's most renowned political scientists and academics, died in Oct. 2013)

As a historian, I was offended that the 100th anniversary of the Anglo-Boer War - to which Canada had sent its first contingents, ever, to fight in an overseas war - had come and gone and Canada had done nothing to commemorate it, or officially recognize the service of over 6,000 veterans, and some 300 who died in South Africa. So I launched a massive promotional proposal composed of historical documentation, personal research and discoveries based on the largest on-the-ground research (by me in 2000) ever done on Canadian Boer War sites in South Africa, in 100 years, and a four hour video series, which I called, "To End a Century of Neglect," with concerned federal government ministries, demanding that the government correct a historical wrong. This letter was the response.

From the Minister of Canadian Heritage - 2003

" ..... warmest congratulations on the success of your Canadian television series.

"The episodes won the hearts of Canadians from coast-to-coast, and the numerous prestigious awards that you received were deserving of two such innovative and talented Canadians.

"Your dedication to ensuring that the people of Canada have access to their stories and talent is to be commended, and the Department of Canadian Heritage is proud to have participated in funding an initiative that will continue to be accessible to Canadians through schools, libraries, and public institutions.

"You are a source of pride to your country and your accomplishments will serve as inspiration to your peers and all Canadians."
- Hon. Sheila Copps - Minister of Canadian Heritage

Ms Copps is referring to an amazing feat for a Canadian outdoor heritage TV series, never equaled by anyone - 79 "international" awards for 17 entirely "Canada-specific" programs (including 29 Gold and Silver Medals for 12 shows) in only 18 months, at leading American film and television festivals.

In an ultra- rare achievement, in three top US international competitions, Joan Goldi and John Goldi csc, won "double Golds," with three different shows, in three different festivals, coming in Gold and Silver, in competition with each other, and dozens of other productions from around the world.

(Joan Goldi, Producer, and John Goldi csc (Goldi Productions Ltd.) actually won 88 international awards in all, in the 1997-99 period.)

In November 2015, Stéphane Dion was appointed Canada's Foreign Minister in the Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Internet Publications: John Goldi, Canadian historian
Webmaster for the Biggest Complex of Canadian Heritage promotion web sites in the world
& the biggest and most lavishly illustrated educational internet Museum in the world
"Canada's National Peace Monument" - In 2015 John Goldi offers a Creative Proposal for the Artistic Renewal of Canada's Misogynistic National "War" Memorial as a National "Peace" Monument

In 2000 John Goldi's "Boer War Project" was picked by the Government of Canada as a "Canada Millenium Project"

- John Goldi csc, succeeded in getting the Minister of Canadian Heritage to declare "Canada and the South African War an event of national historic significance" (2005), so preparing the way to getting Boer War Dates placed on Canada's National War Memorial in Ottawa, on Nov 11, 2014
- " - exposing "the greatest fraud in Canadian art history"
- "" - biggest and most lavishly illustrated internet museum in the world
- "First Peoples of Canada" - First Nations, Inuit, & Métis Heritage promotion web site
- "" - Developed as a Canadian heritage promotion web site
- "Coming Back" - Developed as an Outdoor Safety promotion web site
- "" - Developed as showcase for Canadian heritage art
- "Ipperwash: A Canadian Tragedy" - Developed as a Canadian human rights violation web site
Consigner for International Art Exhibitions
- Consigner of original museum works for other museum shows and tours to exhibitions in Canada & the US
Publicized the "Fab Five" of Canadian Artists
- Published the works of the men he considers Canada's top five heritage artists
Publicized Unsung Top Canadian Artists
- Published the index of Great Canadian Artists you should know about, but probably don't...
Selected Curator's Choice of Canadian Memorabilia
- Collected and publicized 266 of Canada's finest historical memorabilia items
Historic Portraiture Exhibition
- Mounted the biggest exposition of original historical portraiture ever undertaken by anyone
Fabric Fakes Exposed
- Developed the commemorative fabrics fakes detector
Fake Krieghoff Painting Exposed
- Developed the Cornelius Krieghoff fakes detector
Fake Canadian Fine Art Sculptures & Statues Exposed
- Developed a fakes detector for historical sculptures, busts, & statues
Fake Military Bugles Exposed
- Developed a 19th century British military bugle fakes detector
Certified World's First Genuine Combat Photo
- Uncovered, publicized, and certified, the world's very first genuine combat photograph, the man who took it, and the camera he used, at the Battle of Paardeberg, Feb 18, 1900
Fake Canadian Combat Photo Exposed
- Exposed Canada's most famous combat photo (Sunnyside/Paardeberg 1900) as a fake
Fake Elizabeth Collard Pottery Authentication Exposed
- Exposed antiquarian Elizabeth Collard's 1840s J Heath Canada ceramic evaluation as totally false
Fake Combat Photography Exposed
- Published biggest exposé of fake 19th & early 20th century combat photography (100 photos) in history
Discovered Unknown Historic Locations in South Africa
- Found & publicized previously unmarked Canadian historic buildings & inscriptions in South Africa
Developed a Scientific Classification System for Rock Memorabilia
- Proposed the first international academic nomenclature for historic stone relics
Research Prompted Official Canadian Boer War Recognition
- Proposal & research resulted in the Boer War being declared "an event of national Canadian historic significance" by former Heritage Minister Stéphane Dion
Developed a China Souvenir Ware Detector
- Developed a template for dating Canadian late 19th & early 20th century china souvenir ware
Fake Fine Art, Archival Photos and Prints Detector
Developed a "fakes detector" for differentiating original from repro works of art and archival pictures
Police Racist Murder Exposed
- Research responsible for Ontario's SIU restarting Ipperwash investigation into killing of Dudley George
Canada's Worst Publishing Disaster Exposed
Exposed over 43 gross pictorial errors in the worst disaster in Canadian book publishing history
Canadian Military Rape Epidemic Exposed
- Research suggested that Captain Michele Mendes committed suicide because she had been raped
"You are a source of pride to your country and your accomplishments will serve as inspiration to your peers and all Canadians." - Hon. Sheila Copps - Minister of Canadian Heritage

And so it was to be... but not the way we had intended... We wuz robbed...!!!
"Ho for the Klondike" - His 3 international Gold (and 1 Silver) medal-winning TV program was copied in its entirety in every detail, duplicated, and extended into an Alliance Atlantis "History Television" series by executives Norm Bolen, Sydney Suissa, and Barbara Williams, all of whom had seen our original show, and all of whom, shamelessly ended up taking prominent screen credits for themselves, but without giving any parallel attribution of any kind to its original creators and copyright owners, Joan & John Goldi, or offering royalties or asking for a licensing agreement.
"Life and Times of..." - Both series title & program template he created, and submitted to CBC executives in person and on paper, were appropriated and used without credit, in toto, by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) to launch its signature series "Life & Times" in 1995. CBC executives Don Richardson and Jerry McIntosh shamelessly put their names prominently in the screen credits, but not those of the original copyright owners of the program template, Joan & John Goldi, or pay them licensing or acquisitions royalties.
"Great Canadian Parks" - The 1 hour TV Program Template he created in 1995 for "Bruce/Fathom Five," one of five television pilots commissioned by Trina McQueen, was selected in toto by her and John Pannikar, and used as the model for all subsequent programs for The Discovery Channel's signature series "Great Canadian Parks," shamelessly taking prominent screen credits for themselves but giving none for the original creators of the concept and template they used to conform their programs to.
"The Museum Called Canada" - Wrote detailed proposal, in May 2003, to Random House suggesting an innovative Canadian memorabilia-centred pictorial history book, based on our thousands of Canadian memorabilia photos on our internationally-praised, and lavishly pictorial-based, internet Canada "Museum."

Random House people then just copied our proposal template in every detail, and published it in 2004 without credit, as "A Museum Called Canada," claiming their people came up the idea to put between book covers what is nothing, if not simply a thinly disguised robbery of our "Canadian War Museum," - the combination of the three words in the title are obviously and totally shameless appropriations - and its 100 pages of "Wow," to which we had alerted them in writing.

Random House, which blatantly stole our intellectual property, published without compensating, thanking, or attributing any of it to the originator and creator of the template that was the basis for its book, and without which it could never have been created or published at all.

Note: Goldi Productions Ltd.
takes no responsibility whatsoever, for any of the information published in any of the educational links we provide here for the use of our readers. The research and opinions found there are all "fair comment" opinions, and are entirely and only the responsibility of the author.

John Goldi csc
Honorary Curator Emeritus

Effective January 1, 2013 John Goldi will start his new appointment as the first Honorary Curator Emeritus of the Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum. He has long been the Museum's Director of Research and Collections. His new post will be unsalaried.

This singular honour will be bestowed only on qualified individuals who have devoted long years of dedicated service to the Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum, and who have made an outstanding contribution to curating its collections, to historical research, and to public education around the world.

We note, with gratitude, John Goldi's many years of intense research, and single minded scholarly determination, which are entirely responsible for the Museum having a collection of over 7,500 antique memorabilia items (in addition to 1,200 books), all of which he authenticated, curated, and acquired for the museum.

The collection of antiques includes furniture and paintings, photos, autographs, documents, uniforms, weapons, equipment, and tools, as well as historical items of glass, ceramic, parian, earthenware, plaster, fabric, leather, metal, wood, paper, ivory, bone, and stone.

John Goldi will pursue his research, curating, and educational investigations and publications, for the Museum, but will focus more intensely on specialized topic areas, as he continues his work as the world's first (since 1999) multi-media columnist and investigative journalist.


























Canadian Historian, John Goldi

Left historian John Goldi catalogues museum inventory behind the desk which had been built for the Hon. Réné Edouard Caron, when he was Mayor of Quebec (1834-1836). He became an MPP, a Court Justice, and then Lt. Governor of Quebec (1873-1876).

His son who played around the desk while a boy, became Sir Adolphe Caron, and Minister of Militia under Prime Minister Sir John A Macdonald, and sent the troops west to fight Riel in 1885.

At Réné's death, in 1876, when Quebec honoured him with its biggest ever funeral, the desk went to his son-in-law, Sir Charles Fitzpatrick.

He was to become Solicitor-General and Justice Minister (1896-1906) under Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who appointed him Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (1906-1918).

He too, like his father-in- law, 45 years earlier, became Lt. Governor of Quebec (1918-1923.)

On his death, in 1942, the desk went to his grand-daughter Corinne Kernan, who married Pierre Sevigny a famous war hero. He had the desk when he became Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, and a Deputy Minister of Defence under John Diefenbaker in the late 1950s.

He became famous for the Gerda Munsinger Affair in 1966, when he was outed as having courted the German spy on top of this desk while he was a Deputy Defence Minister. She serviced other Diefenbaker cabinet ministers, like George Hees, but not on top of this desk.

The same year the scandal broke, Pierre's outraged wife, Corinne, sold the historic desk to John Laurel Russell, Canada's top antiques authority.

On his death in 2003, it was acquired by John Goldi for the Museum.

It continues to be associated with eminent Canadians who have contributed greatly to Canadian public life while working behind it over the past 180 years.

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The Caron, Fitzpatrick, Kernan, Sevigny, Munsinger, Russell Desk - 1834-2015 (John Laurel Russell Collection)
Found - Toronto, ON
Canadian Antiques: From photo front, clockwise: photo 1899 Boer War Vet, Ontarian WJ Diffey CAMC, toby jugs 1916 (Lloyd George, Gen. Haig by Carruthers-Gould Wilkinson), plaster bust c 1897 Laurier (by Philippe Hébert), parian bust 1863 Princess Alexandra (by Mary Thorneycroft), plaster statues 1886 John A Macdonald, Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, John A Macdonald (all Philippe Hébert), plaster bust 1929 Laurier (Laliberté); toby jug 1916, Lord Kitchener (Carruthers-Gould Wilkinson); plaster bust c 1896 Tecumseh (Hamilton MacCarthy); parian bust 1900 Lord Roberts (WC Lawton R&L). Elsewhere: English 64 key concertina 1920 (Wheatstone); fiddle of 1896 Laurier MP Charles Heyd - photo above - (Georg & August Klemme 1761); woodblock engraving 1862 Quebec (RP Leitch); acrylic on board c 1980 "Moonlight Raiders" (Carl J Smith). All part of over 7,000 antique historical memorabilia items in the Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum Collection, collected & curated by historian John Goldi, who is also a musician, playing fiddle, banjo, guitar, concertina, fife, etc.
Caron 1834-1876 Fitzpatrick 1876-1942 Kernan 1942-1966 Sevigny 1942-1966 Gerda 1960s

Owners & Celebrities Associated with the Finest Desk in Canadian History (1834-2015)

Ok, Take me to Gerda...


The Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum - created and maintained by Curator John Goldi - is the site of record recommended by thousands of ebay users from around the world.

Countless ebay sellers and buyers from every corner of the globe routinely refer to the gloriously educational pages of "The Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum," for historical information about Canada, and the British Empire, in the 19th and 20th centuries, and to evaluate and identify Canadian and British historical memorabilia items they are thinking of buying or selling or would just like to know about.

Below: A Sample of feedback from antique dealers, enthusiasts, & internet surfers from around the world:

"Please see the Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum's awesome pages on Canadian Painter AH Hider." (Los Angeles, California)

"I'm totally amazed by your website. It's unbelievably fabulous. I was just knocked out to discover your site on a UK link, and to find out that it's Canadian just blew me away. I've spent many days going through the wonderful pictures and engrossing stories that you have here. Truly amazing job." (Don Mills, ON)

"The sheet music looks great, as does all the other
fantastic stuff on your web site." (Melbourne, Australia)

"Wow! I must say your site is definitely the best on the net" (Natal, Republic of South Africa)

"I was so touched when I read the story about of Paul Martin Sr. and Paul Martin Jr. Your story brought tears to my eyes." (Ottawa, ON)

"For a wonderful description of this rare jug please see a truly amazing museum website, The Canadian Boer War Museum." (London, UK)

"Your page on Victorian Edwardian flags is simply outstanding!" (Hong Kong)

"My teacher said this is the best website in years." (Toronto, ON)

"Look at the most wonderful historical website ever, for pictures and a great description of this rare Boer War tapestry" (Houston, Texas.)

"I have just looked at Joe's (Barfoot) website and it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your story. (Ucluelet, BC) 

"I live in the u.k. and have 9 of the above jugs (Carruthers-Gould Page 91j).The king and botha are missing from my collection, though i have seen king george several times for sale.Your descriptive site about the jugs is the best i have seen. It's enthusiastic and vivid and more than does justice to them." (London, UK)

"I just wish Wikipedia was more like your site, and had more Canadian content, like you have." (Vancouver, BC.)



"Hi there. I have just came across your web site, fantastic!!, I'm very curios if this will ever come out in Australia??" (Sydney, Australia)

"WOW! What a knock out web site! We've just opened a Military Museum and your site has not only provided me with great info on some medals that have been donated to us but also opened my eyes to the immensity of the Boer War. Thank you!" (Keswick, ON)

"I'm a Civil War reenactor. I just had to call to say what an amazingly terrific site you have. I've never seen anything so nicely done - and I've seen a lot!.... Please send me a set of your programs. I haven't seen them yet, but they've got to be good!" (Little Ferry, New Jersey)

I really enjoy your web site about the Boer War. Well done, it's awesome." (Rhenosterkop, Republic of South Africa)

"I must say it's a most impressive accomplishment. Very few web sites anywhere can match the level of picture and informational complexity to be found in yours ." (Toronto, ON)

Ken Burns! Of course we're honoured, or is that honored...
(about our Four International Gold Medal Winning Program on the Boer War)

Feedback: #102: Toronto, ON - "Bravo to Goldi Productions for a documentary Canadians can truly be proud of (eat your heart out Ken Burns**.)  Your Boer War documentary was an absolutely enjoyable and enlightening experience.  A masterpiece!"
(Ken Burns at left, looks pleased too.)

Feedback: # 114: Montreal, PQ - "Your program was totally wonderful, totally wonderful. I really liked the way you talked with the descendants of the Boers like President Steyn's grandson. It's just a totally wonderful show.

"There are only two television programs I watch religiously, every time they come on, "The Civil War" with Ken Burns, and your Boer War series. Totally wonderful! I want to buy two sets, one for me and another to give to a colleague!"
- Professor of Law Emeritus, McGill University, Montreal, PQ

**American documentary filmmaker Ken Burns produced the multi-award winning programs, The Civil War, Lewis & Clark, Baseball, Jazz , Thomas Jefferson, for US PBS Television.

"Say, I'm not a Canadian but your web site is mighty fine, mighty fine! It really, really inspired me! I'm really keen now to learn much more about this part of history. Man is it fine! And I only saw a small part. Very, very fine work! Just let me say that any Canadian who does not look at your web site has got to be a Communist! And you can tell them I said so..." (Tacoma, Washington)

"Steve, this (Boer War Museum web link) is just wonderful!!!!! I was beginning to lose faith in this country until I saw what ordinary Canadians can still produce. Thanks a million!!!!!!!!!!! I sent it on to Uncle Jan and Tony." (Vancouver, BC)

"Dear Sir, I was quite blown away to be told of your website." (Maidstone, Kent, UK)

"I just love your website! I spent some extra time on your site and WOW, you guys are into some really cool stuff! You seem to love life .... and that's GREAT!!" (Boise, Idaho)

"I really appreciate your website. Many family members have been visiting it, and I've heard only rave reviews. They found it fabulous." (Don Mills, ON)

"I've now had a good trawl through your Boer War website - it's an absolutely splendid site. I'm most impressed by not only its contents and how they are displayed but also the ease with which they can be accessed." (London, UK)

"Your history website is FANTASTIK!" (Moreno Valley, California)

"I have not seen a better, or more professional web site on my computer." (Tillsonburg, ON)

"Wow is right! Your Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum is absolutely remarkable! I admired the sensitive and accurate accounts describing the items and setting the scene. I think the world of your wonderful museum. I enjoy every visit. Many thanks!" (Louisville, Kentucky)

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And yep, if you haven't had enough, there's more...

Beginnings: the First Memorabilia, 1951...

flashing newGreat Canadian Heritage Treasure Alterstone Type 13 - Shaped: Celt - A fabulous example of the earliest type of Canadian Indian stone axe, actually a "celt," or hand axe, ergonomically shaped to fit the hand, rounded at one end, beveled, sharpened, and polished at the other.

It has been the first item in Hans (John) Göldi's Canadian memorabilia collection for over 60 years.

It was found on the banks of the Sydenham River by old-timer Jack McEwen of Aberfeldy, in southern Ontario, and given to 10 year old Hans in 1951, for repeatedly cutting his lawn.

Hans Göldi, a recent immigrant - at 9 from Switzerland - as he looked at the time, in Grade 3.

It would ultimately inspire him to create Great Canadian heritage TV programs and websites like the following:

Go to Canada's First Peoples
Go to Canada's Fab Five Artists
Go to the Shooting of Dudley George
Go to the Canadian Anglo-Boer War Museum
Go to First Classification System for Stone Relics
Alterstone Relic - Celt, Neutral Indians - Aberfeldy, ON

Orig. celt - Size - 15 cm
Found - Aberfeldy, ON

In 1995 John Goldi started filming, behind the barricades of Camp Ipperwash, after the Ontario Provincial Police attacked the occupiers and shot Dudley George, the only Canadian Indian killed by government forces in a First Nations land dispute in the 20th century.

Hans was motivated to shoot the story because he and his family, for years, in the 1950s, swam and picnicked on the exact spot - literally - where Dudley George had been killed.

In 2003, IPPERWASH: A CANADIAN TRAGEDY premiered on CBC TV, as the season opener on THE PASSIONATE EYE.

The one-and-a-half hour program won the PLATINUM AWARD, the top award given by Houston Texas WORLDFEST, the biggest film and television festival in the world, in competition with the top productions from around the globe.

"Thank you so much for believing in us
when no one else would listen."

Cully George, sister of Dudley George
Aug. 2004
- to the documentary filmmakers
Joan Goldi & John Goldi csc

Joan Goldi, Producer, Corporate Manager, Co-writer, Special Effects Avid and Final Cut Pro Editor.






John Goldi left and family, at Ipperwash in 1953, only steps from the spot where Dudley George would be deliberately targeted and killed by an OPP officer, 42 years later.

John Goldi and his wife Joan spent 72 days behind the barricades at Camp Ipperwash after the shooting, the only media granted access into the camp where all outsiders were closed out and where not even the police or military were allowed in.

Goldi Intervention 1995 - Their research convinced the Ontario SIU (Special Investigations Unit) on Dec. 8, 1995, to restart its investigation of the murder, just as they were about to close the books on the shooting with no charges laid. The Goldis facilitated SIU access inside Camp Ipperwash and filmed their investigation of bullet holes in people, cars, tires, and buses.

The Goldi intervention led directly to the OPP shooter being charged with unlawfully killing Dudley George, with being found guilty, and the later establishment of the Ipperwash Inquiry to investigate the huge federal and provincial government scandal in their dealing with the constitutionally guaranteed rights of Canadian First Nations people.

But it would take ten more years for the "establishment" climate to change sufficiently, before they were able to make the documentary on one of the shabbiest stories of Canadian police, government, and media behaviour in Canadian history.

flashing newGreat Canadian Heritage Treasure A postcard at the same place and taken at about the same time, the early 1950s...

We are lying in the same spot dead centre where the people are sitting at the water's edge.

Only a few yards to the right was the location where Dudley George would be shot dead by Ontario Provincial Police in 1995, when they launched a midnight shooting attack on Indigenous women, children, babies, and men sitting peacefully on picnic benches.

My longtime connection to this place motivated me to do a documentary on this worst act of racist police and mainstream media malfeasance in Canada in the 20th century.

The program won an ultra-top Platinum Award for investigative journalism at Houston, Texas and caused the Ontario Special Investigations Unit to reopen its investigation into this racist police attack.

Ipperwash Beach & Park, early 1950s
Orig. postcard - Image Size - 9x14 cm
Found - Barrie, ON

Beginnings: the First Book, 1951...

flashing newGreat Canadian Heritage Treasure My Very First Book 1951

The very first book I ever acquired, in a history book collection I've built up over more than 60 years, is this volume which totally bewitched me as a 10 year old, in a rural school library at Aberfeldy, ON and more than anything else, inspired me to explore the history and memorabilia of mankind. It followed me home, and has been with me ever since.

Nine years later, during a household move, I pulled it out of a box, and signed it. You can see from the bleeding, that it was signed with a fountain pen, a messy tool at best, and since it always used too much ink, it bled into the surrounding paper fibres, and frequently smudged.

The 1950s would see the fountain pen replaced with the ballpoint pen.

During the 1950s, various history teachers would give me other history books from their private collections because they somehow sensed they belonged best with me.

A set of Boer War books given to me by Clayton Shackelton, in 1959 inspired me to create the four-hour, multi-Gold Medal Winner, The Great Anglo-Boer War: the Canadian Experience, and its related web site, some 45 years later.

The school and the library that the book was from, are long gone, decades ago. But this little volume and all it inspired is preserved for the Ages.

Below & above: 1951, the year that I appropriated the book, inside and outside at Ousley School. The library of books was in the small room below the tower.

Go to Names of the Kids
Stories of the Far West - Joseph Masters 1935

Orig. book - Image Size - 14 x 21 cm
Found - Inwood, ON

Chief Washakie and All That...

Two impressions of the book were to last a lifetime: Chief Washakie and the arrowheads in a buffalo bone.

I often turned to the page of Chief Washakie, whose "hair turned white in a single night with grief." I realized right from then on, that history is not dead and buried, like so many say, but happens to real people - your family, friends, and relatives. And that it is they who are the actors, and that what each one does has consequences, for good or ill, for them all.

At the time all academic history was being written as the story of great men in great events serving the nation.

I realized that it excluded the story of ordinary people in extraordinary times, trying to live their lives the best they could, given the frequently trying circumstances, they were in, thanks to the "great men" who were leading them.

Early on, I became a revisionist historian, as I began to realize that the old line history should more properly have been the story of greedy rich and powerful men, often exploiting common people, and directing great events for narrow personal and tribal benefit. That ordinary people were the real heart of a nation.

The Dead Man Talking - In 1995 our idea for a "people," rather than celebrity-centred television series, and which proposed to tell Canadian heritage stories entirely through the voices of ordinary Canadians, marked a new departure in telling history and heritage stories on Canadian television.

Our original idea to "tell history entirely through the mouths of ordinary Canadians," was picked by Atlantis Broadcasting, out of 251 proposals submitted by the top producers across Canada, to premiere a new television channel.

We broke new ground in television editing by dispensing entirely with the droning "Voice of God" - the Dead Man Talking - narrator that everyone else was using, and replaced him with carefully edited enthusiastic voices of ordinary Canadians to tell the story. We created an innovative television editing style to do it.

Our series Outdoor Adventure Canada would win unheard of Canadian television ratings, and a staggering 79 international awards of excellence, in only eighteen months, in competition with the best productions from around the world, at leading American film and television festivals.

Our obvious success would later inspire the CBC's Mark Starowicz to borrow our "history through the voices of ordinary Canadians" approach when he began to organize the CBC's own history series.

flashing newGreat Canadian Heritage Treasure
Sir John Franklin's Jawbone, 1847
Lower jaw - Size - 10 cm d
Found - Peffer Point, King William Is, NU
An 1847 jawbone of one of Franklin's men, collected on remote Victoria Island, on a hunting expedition that followed the fatal route in 1974.

The Arrowheads

The buffalo bone with arrowheads enthralled me as an 11 year old.

I realized that history left memorabilia behind, and that you could find it, and own it, and that it made powerful educational tools and links to the past.

I realized too that memorabilia is not a collection of dead material things - not artifacts - but were personal mementoes of people who had actually walked with history.

These were items that were at the heart of countless personal, family, and community events, and were once treasured in their homes by individuals and families now long gone.

They heard conversations and witnessed events that often traumatized families caught up in cataclysmic national or personal experiences.

A room full of artifacts - personal memorabilia - is really a room full of people, whose experiences live on through them. And this was especially true when the memorabilia was "named" to an actual person.

Wth memorabilia, unlike with photos, you can reach back and actually touch the past. When you touch an item, you actually reach back in time, to touch someone, who once held it dear as well...

I have been fortunate to have been the founding Director of Research and Collections for a museum inventory that now numbers over 4,400 items.

Alterstones - altered to improve their usability

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Alterstone Relics - Stone Axes & Celts, Canadian Indian
Orig. alterstone axes - Size - life size
Found - Canada
Alterstone, Type 6 - Shaped: Axes & Celts

Processed stones - which are altered to make them more useful - from historic sites, are a step up from randomly collected utilistones which are just used as found. Alterstones are the most advanced form of stone relics.

Canada's Indian people were masters at "processing" found stone and rock into a wide variety of useful instruments, tools, and weapons.

A fabulous collection of Canadian Indian stone axes and clubs, once used by Aboriginal peoples, to give you an idea of what shapes and sizes you can expect to find when collecting antique items.

The stone axes are grooved, to make them easier to tie to wooden hafts.

The two 19th century Plains Indian war clubs are not grooved.

Nor are the two hand axes or celts at the bottom.

The four mauls at the top from left to right are:from the former Blake McKendry Collection, in Kingston, ON; a granite maul from Kettle Point, ON; two mauls collected from Blackfoot territory, near Hawarden, SK.

The largest two mauls are from southern Ontario, as are the two hand axes, or celts.

The Plains Indian war clubs come from an old London Ontario estate collection.

A quarter, a normal arrowhead, and two bird points are included for scale.

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Souvenir Stones - Great Anglo-Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902
Orig. Stone Relics - Size - averaging 7 x 9 x 4 cm
Found - South Africa
To a keen geologist, or gemologist, these small stones would be poor pickings indeed and not worth a second glance.

But to us they are fabulous relics that saw thousands of men struggle, hand to hand, in mortal conflict, and heard thousands of bullets and shells whizzing by and exploding nearby.

A few saw deeds of valour; many others heard only the final pitying cries of the dying and the wounded, as they were clubbed or bayoneted into silence, often by foreigners, invading their homeland.

Though most people smirk at them, to us stone relics have a legitimate claim to status as historic artifacts as much as artillery shells, bullets, buckles, buttons, and badges.

Proposed Nomenclature: Historic Stone Relics - All stone relics fall into four main categories depending on their degree of interaction with humans. All stone relics start, and most will forever remain, only bystoneders (bystander stone witnesses to a historic event). A few will become shiftstones (if moved randomly), or utilistones (if put to use, as is), or alterstones (if altered to make them more useful.)

- Bystoneder (left lying where God put it). Totally common - just a rock to you - the bystoneder is just an unnoticed stone bystander to a nearby historic event, until someone picks it up, for a variety of reasons, when it jumps to one or more, of the next three levels of activity.

- Shiftstone (a bystoneder randomly moved by a historic actor or agent). Often surprisingly easy to prove. eg: Viking prow hits rock, soldier kicks, field clearance, landslide, explosions, etc.

- Utilistone (deliberately picked up and put to a variety of uses in its "as found" condition). This stone has been sought out, as is, for a use by a historic actor. eg: stone wall, house foundation, sangar, ballast stone, catapult stone, grave stone, Aboriginal tent ring, rock souvenir, etc.

- Alterstone (painted, carved, cut, drilled, shaped, crushed, burned, smelted, fired). This stone has, not only been picked up by a historic actor, but actually worked on, to make it more serviceable. eg: Indian arrowhead, celt, or axe, building block, mill stone, tombstone, carving, ore, coal, Stonehenge, Hilary Weston's monstrous memorial megaliths, Rapa Nui, Great Wall of China, St. Valentine's Day Massacre Wall, etc.

A Typical Stone Relics Collection
from the Great Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902

All are very small, typically 7 x 8 cm wide and 4 cm thick, paperweight size, just enough to give weight, and presence.

There are bystoneders, shiftstones, utilistones, and alterstones among them. Can you spot which are which?

- 1 Elandslaagte - 2 Modder River: - 3 Paardeberg: Gun Hill

- 4 Talana Hill sangar - 5 Bloemfontein - 6 Spion Kop hill

- 7 Isandlwana - 8 Paardeberg: Feb 18 - 9 Diamond Hill

- 10 Dullstroom sangar - 11 Gen. Wauchope's original grave

- 12 Frere, Winston Churchill train - 13 Sanaspos VC

- 14 Wagon Hill 15 - Badfontein - 16 Colenso VC

- 17 Magersfontein battlefield -18 Sanaspos gully

- 19 Rorke's Drift - 20 Grave: Breaker Morant

- 21 Talana Hill wall - 22 Spion Kop top

- 23 Magersfontein sangar - 24 Dullstroom: ruin

- 25 Mt. Alice - 26 Paardeberg: Kitchener's Kopje

- 27 Hart's River - 28 Elandslaagte - 29 Colenso sangar

Bystoneders, by far the most common type of stone relics, are impossible to classify as they can be souvenirs of any kind of historic event, military, or civilian, public or personal, religious or secular. Overall they might also have the least monetary value among stone relics. Shiftstones are the smallest group to classify. They are somewhat more valuable than bystoneders since they are more directly connected to a historic event, and are involved with events instead of just a passive bystander and observer. Utilistones, put to use by people, offer a larger and easier group for classifying. They are more directly tied to interaction with humans, so they are more valuable yet. Alterstones, fashioned by people, have the most interaction with humans, and so are easiest to classify. They are the most valuable.

Putting it all together...

An International Gold Award for John Goldi's first ever outing as an on-camera host. He made 27 walking and talking presentations to the camera.

Where the British burned the confiscated rifles and guns when 5,000 Boer women, children, and men, surrendered at Surrender Hill, South Africa, July 30, 1900. The site of the bloodiest battle of the Boer War, where the Canadians were slaughtered at Paardeberg, on the charge across open ground on Bloody Sunday, Feb. 18, 1900.


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The ambush site where General Wauchope was killed as his men marched in the dark towards Magersfontein Hill, Dec. 11, 1899. Holding the bugle on the spot where Edwin McCormick used it to blow the Last Post as they buried the Canadians after the Battle of Hart's River Mar. 31, 1902.


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Where Col Long's guns were shot to pieces and seven Victoria Crosses awarded, at Colenso, South Africa, Dec. 15, 1899. Where Winston Churchill was captured when his train was blown up at Frere, South Africa, Nov 15, 1899.
In an unheard-of accomplishment, and in a daring departure from convention, where the talents of scores of people are always harnessed to work on a television project of this magnitude, Joan Goldi and John Goldi csc, would do all the phases of production themselves, from historical research, script writing, location scouting, grunt work, and picture shooting and sound recording in the field, to all the Avid offline and online editing, of picture, voices, music and (audio) effects, titles, supers, special effects, and credits.

They hired only one person to help out, to narrate their script, the man they believe has no peer, anywhere, as the best voice in television narration - the CBC's Linden MacIntyre.

Completed for History Television, it is an "Outrageous" Canadian First.

We know of no other documentary program that has ever won
so many top international awards at any festival.

"Congratulations! We are delighted to report that "The Great Anglo-Boer War" in it's various incantations, was awarded the coveted GOLD SPECIAL JURY REMI AWARD for "Creative Excellence," TWICE, in the "Best Television Series" category, and in the "Best History & Archaeology Program" category. This is the highest award our festival offers.

Outrageous! 4 GOLD REMIS!!!.... Very well done. The Jury really loved your Boer War programs."

J Hunter Todd, President
Worldfest Houston


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In the most intensive research ever done, by anyone, on Canadian Boer War sites in South Africa, Canadian historian John Goldi csc, and his Producer wife, Joan Goldi, spent eight weeks, and drove 11,000 kms, following the trail of the Canadian contingents of 1899-1902.

John Goldi discovered that not a single Canadian government sign of any kind had been erected anywhere on any site where some 3,000 Canadians had served during Canada's first ever military expedition overseas, and where some 300 remained in graves. And this, unbelievably, after the 100th anniversary of this Great Canadian Historic Event had come and gone...

Armed with numerous period books from the Boer War, John Goldi sleuthed out three major historic sites previously unknown to Canadian experts, and unpublished and unmentioned in the literature. None were even posted locally in South Africa.

He published his findings, and sent a voluminous proposal to the Department of Canadian Heritage, which he titled "The Belmont Project" and demanded the Canadian Government end a "Hundred Years of Neglect" and formally recognize and mark an important event in Canadian history.

His call was answered by a letter from the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Stéphane Dion, in 2005 below.

Discovery #1 - Canadian rock inscriptions from 1899, discovered by John Goldi in 2000 at Belmont, RSA
Two historic buildings, and rock inscriptions on a hilltop, with Canadian Boer War connections, discovered and publicized by John Goldi in 2000.


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Discovery #2 - Canadian RCR hospital, discovered by John Goldi in 2000 at Belmont, RSA Discovery #3 - Canadian 1899 RCR guardroom, discovered by John Goldi in 2000 at Belmont, RSA

Thanks to John Goldi's prodding, the Canadian Government was only five years late, in recognizing that the Boer War was significant in Canadian history, it being the first time Canada ever sent troops to fight overseas.

Some six thousands served; some 300 never returned.

This historic Canadian event was not even plaqued by the Canadian government, in any way, in South Africa, 105 years after the event.

Beginnings: the First Camera, 1953...

John Goldi's first camera 1953 The first photo I ever took with it, February 1953, and how I looked at the time at 11.
Below the first colour picture & first action picture I ever took, June 1960, from a CPR train passing over the bridge at Terrace Bay, ON, with a Kodak Hawkeye.

Below right the first wildlife picture I ever took in July 1960 at Banff, AB.

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Right as I appeared at 18, as a Royal Canadian Army Cadet Major, at Banff National Cadet Camp, in July 1960, when I took the two photos above. (I was the commanding officer of our High School Cadet Corps, and also a member of the Militia, serving with the Royal Canadian Artillery. It is sobbering to remember that hundreds of Canadian 16, 17, and 18 year olds died in World Wars I and II. And many had been cadets.)

My most intense grounding in camera work was when I attended Cadet Camp Ipperwash in 1958, Camp Borden in 1959, and National Cadet Camp Banff in 1960.












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Left the only photo ever taken, in the 1950s, or 60s, showing me with a camera (at 17, with a Kodak Hawkeye, at Camp Ipperwash in July 1958). In fact there are very few pictures showing me at work as a professional cinematographer, probably a dozen at most, in over 30 years of photography in hundreds of places.

50 years later...

Atlantic Ocean at Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, Canada 1900 Battlefield at Paardeberg, South Africa
Dawson City, Yukon, NT, Canada 1879 Battlefield at Isandlwana, South Africa.
Atlantic Ocean, Cape St. Mary's, Nova Scotia, Canada. High Arctic, Queen Victoria Island, NU, Canada
Supplied cover and two feature articles on the "Making of the Great Anglo-Boer War: the Canadian Experience." Supplied cover photo and was featured in article on three top Canadian wildlife cinematographers.
1885 Battlefield at Fish Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada High Arctic pals, a Sabine's gull and the photographer, Queen Victoria Island, NU, Canada
Kicking Horse River, the Rockies, British Columbia, Canada Pacific Ocean, aboard the ill-fated Queen of the North, Queen Charlotte Sound, British Columbia, Canada

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Telling him where to go...

Joan Goldi and John Goldi csc, a leading Canadian film and television production team since 1979.

They have collaborated on every film and TV program they have ever made.

The productions, which they produced, shot, wrote, and edited together - all on Canada-specific programs - have won an astonishing 136 international awards at leading US international competitions (New York, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, State College, Flagstaff, Columbus) featuring the best work of producers from around the world.

It remains an unparalleled record of achievement in Canadian film and television production.

Below some of the international awards the duo won in one period of eighteen months in 1997-1998 for some 17 TV documentaries. It's a feat never equalled by anyone.

Goldi Productions Ltd "Keeping Canadians in Touch With Canada"

Where some of our educational films and television programs can be found, in schools, universities, public libraries, public service organizations, corporate and government offices, and countless private homes in every Canadian province and territory, and every US state, except Hawaii.

flashing newGreat Canadian Heritage Treasure Memorabilia of important occasions brings back the excitement of people, places, and events, that one experiences in life.

Soldiers and tourists are notorious memorabilia collectors.

Canadian historian and cinematographer John Goldi csc, also being a museum curator, is an inveterate collector to assist in memorializing the past.

Sign - The original plywood "Kick Off" sign that directed hundreds of welders, cat and shovel operators, and truck drivers, down a remote wilderness right of way, when construction started on the building of Canada's first arctic pipe line just outside Norman Wells NT, in 1983. It was nailed to a tree.

Hard Hats - The white hard hat cinematographer John Goldi wore - Joan wore the orange - during the years 1983-1985 that he filmed the official documentaries for Interprovincial Pipe Line and Esso Resources, on the Norman Wells Oilfield Expansion Project and the Norman Wells Pipe Line.

Hard hats were actually colour coded to make it easier to identify personnel on a job site.

A white hat told everyone from a long way away, that an executive type or VIP was in the neighbourhood, and they had best be on good behaviour.

Memorabilia, The Construction of Canada's First Arctic Pipeline, 1982-1985 Goldi Productions Ltd

Orig. sign and hard hat
Found - Norman Wells, NT

A VIP presentation vial of the original crude that first flowed through the pipe, preserved in a closed lexan container.
A Zippo commemorative lighter - from the days when everyone smoked - with the Esso logo.