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Corporate body · 1954-2013

The Anglican Book Centre / ABC Publishing started as the Department of Literature and Supplies (Anglican Book Centre) (1954-1969). Under Canon XVI, it became the central official publisher and distributor of the literature and supplies of General Synod and its departments. It also sold books, furnishings, visual aids, and church music.
In 1954, the operations of three Anglican book rooms were amalgamated into the Anglican Book Centre. It operated as a ministry of and to the church by providing resources for worship, parish life, theological training, and spiritual nurture. It sought to operate at a profit with powers to publish, purchase, market, sell and distribute books & other media. In January 2013 the Book Centre was deemed no longer profitable and closed its doors. The business was sold to Augsburg Fortress, its Lutheran counterpart. The ABC Publishing continues to publish Anglican liturgical products, the Anglican Directory, and the Canadian Church Calendar, which it distributes through an online eStore.

Aubert, Marie Angela
Person · November 26, 1924 -January 17, 2008

Born November 26, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan, Angela Marie Aubert was the daughter of Joseph Telesphore “Ted” Aubert (d. 1936) and Helen Benesch (d. 1971). She had one brother. She was raised in Wildwood, Alberta and attended high school there. In 1945, Angela Aubert moved to Edmonton to enroll in business and secretarial studies at McTavish Business College. She then began a career as a secretary in Edmonton. It was at this time that she felt a call to religious life and on August 25, 1948, she was received into the Community of the Sisters of St. Joseph at Sacred Heart Convent in London, Ontario and given the name Sister Marie Angela. After her first vows on August 25, 1950, she returned to Edmonton where she took teacher training at the University of Alberta, graduating in 1951. Sister Marie Angela Aubert professed her final vows on August 25, 1954 in London. Her first assignment, until 1957, was at the Catholic school in St. Bride's, Alberta where she was a teacher, then principal. From 1957 to 1961, Sister Marie Angela Aubert was assigned to the business office at St. Joseph's Hospital in Galahad, Alberta. After she returned to teach at St. Nicholas School in Edmonton until 1964. Then she was asked to teach business and religion at O'Leary High School. As head of the business department, she encouraged her students to manage a real business in the classroom under the sponsorship of Junior Achievement. The students had great success, even winning awards and a chance to go to Vancouver to compete in the Junior Achievement national competition. She finished her Bachelor of Education studies, graduating in 1969, from the University of Alberta. In 1971, Sister Marie Angela Aubert returned to London, Ontario as head of the business department at Mount St. Joseph Academy, and in 1975, was assigned to Catholic Central High School. While teaching there from 1975 to 1978, she supervised the Catholic Central High School Business Club and received the Catholic Central High School Business Club award. When Mount St. Joseph Academy closed, the facility was opened as a Guest Wing for those who had a family member as a patient in University Hospital, and Sister Marie Angela Aubert was appointed treasurer. During those years, she volunteered at the jail, participated in the Toastmistress Club, initiated self-Bible study, and turned Gospel stories into plays. She also maintained an interest in social justice, reaching out to the least fortunate and forgotten. In 1985 and 1987, the Ministry of Corrections gave her service awards for her volunteer work at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre where she was the Coordinator of R. C. [Roman Catholic] Jail Ministry Volunteers. In 1991, she was moved to Ignatia Hall Infirmary and then to the care centre at 485 Windermere Road when it was built in 2007. Sister Marie Angela Aubert died there on January 17, 2008. A Mass of Resurrection was held in St. Joseph Chapel at the 485 Windermere Road residence. She is buried at St. Peter’s Cemetery in London.

Boyd, David
Person · 1951 - present

David Boyd (b. 1951) and raised in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, he received his Honours B.A. in English (1974) from Mt. Allison University. Upon graduation, he joined Appleby College as a teacher of English in the Junior School and was a faculty member from 1974 to 2008. During his tenure, David taught English at every level and was instrumental in introducing and molding the writer’s craft and media arts courses for senior students. He wrote and directed numerous plays for the Junior School, including two three-act musicals, Tom Brown’s Schoolday, the Musical (1991), and Mice in the Cellar (1992), as well as Macbeth, A Multimedia Event (1995) and Caesar, A Multimedia Event (2005). He created the Black Magic Mime Troupe composed of students from grades 6 to 8 who performed throughout Ontario. He established and supervised the long-running student newspaper Re•Source and designed Appleby’s first website.

Away from teaching, David coached hockey, softball, cricket, soccer, and basketball. He has served as assistant housemaster of Junior School House, and later as Housemaster of Chattaway’s from 1974 to 1988 and was assistant house director of Powell’s House from 2001-2008. In 1999, he received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. David founded TEACH-IT, an international education technology team that instructs educators on integrating technology into the curriculum. He was the former Chairman of the Read In Foundation Inc., an international organization that promotes literacy through telecommunications. David introduced Read In! events at Appleby where students had the opportunity to discuss books, speak to authors over the Internet prior to introducing the school’s laptop program. As a forward thinker and technological innovator, David assisted with the transition to program.

Outside of Appleby, David has authored more than 20 books for children and young adults. His novel Bottom Drawer (1996) was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Text.

Comfort and Greer
Corporate body

Stephen Comfort was born in 1810 in the United States, later moving to Canada. He and his wife, Elizabeth, had several children. He died in 1895.
James Greer was born in 1798 in Ireland. He married Ruth Ann Rayers in 1819 and they had several children. He died in 1866 due to an accident when he was thrown from his wagon when his horses spooked.
Stephen Comfort and James Greer ran a carding mill and cloth dressing establishment, sometimes referred to as Comfort & Co. They were located along the Thames River in Kilworth, Ontario, about nine miles from London. Their carding machine was a notable piece of equipment in 1857.

Evans, J.E.
Person · 1877-1958

John E. Evans was a postcard distributer and photographer (c1913-1954) and working from Port Rowan and Walsingham. In his business he went by J.E. Evans and also worked from 1935 to 1939 in joint venture as Evans & Bowman but ended in bankruptcy. His initial business was distributing lithograph postcards he had printed in Germany and continued this practice post World War 1 (mostly printed 1922-1935). He began taking photographs of communities or interesting sites so could produce photographic postcards and distribute for sale in those communities. He restarted the postcard business in 1941. He produced images of Ontario and other provinces.

John was born on September 1, 1877 in Cayuga, Haldimand County to John E. Evans and Sarah Michener. He resided for over 50 years in Walsingham, Norfolk County and retired in July 1954. He died on September 4, 1958. An employee, William "Duke" Vela, purchased the business and continued to run until his retirement in 1975.

Gloster, Bernard James
023 · Person · 1914-1966

Bernard James Gloster (aka Barney Gloster) was born August 4, 1914 in Toronto, Ontario to news photographer Bernard Joseph Gloster (1879-1948) and Martha Jane McCauley (1883-1942). His family moved to Scarborough, Ontario by 1921. Like his father before him, Gloster became a photographer. He married Gladys Helen O'Mara (1917-1995) in Toronto on August 10, 1936. Bernard and Gladys Gloster then moved to Sudbury, Ontario later that same year and Bernard Gloster continued his photography work for the Sudbury Star until October 30, 1939 when he left to pursue a position as photographer for the Windsor Star.

During World War Two, Gloster served as a photographer for the army and after returning to Windsor, Ontario opened his own studio.

Bernard Gloster remained an active photographer until his death on February 18, 1966 at the age of 51.

Hines Studio
Corporate body · 1906-1929

Henry G. Hines (Harry) was a professional photographer working out of the Hines Studio in London Ontario from 1906 to 1929. He was born in the United States in 1875 and worked as a bartender in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to London, Ontario in 1899 with his wife Gertrude and son William. Upon arriving in London, Hines worked briefly as a bicycle repairman and a street railway conductor. Hines opened his professional photography studio on the East side of London in 1906 and advertised himself as a commercial photographer. Two years later, his son, William Henry (Bill) Hines joined him as a full partner. Although he took private client portraits, he was mainly commissioned by East London businesses and the City of London. The Hines Studiio closed permanently in 1929.

Leigh, Carrie
Person · 1963-

Carrie Leigh’s is a Canadian actress, model, photographer, and publisher. As an actress she is known for known for A Fine Mess (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) and Blood Relations (1988). Leigh dated Hugh Hefner and lived at the Playboy mansion for a time.
From 2007-2010 Carrie Leigh published and edited NUDE magazine, focused on high quality, artistic photos of nude women, featuring both her own photography and artists’ work. In contrast to the pornographic work in later years of Playboy and magazines like Hustler, Leigh wanted to focus on fine art erotica that one could display on the coffee table.

Noon, Alan

Alan Noon worked as a specialist in photography at the University of Western Ontario between 1962 and 2012. In addition, he worked on a number of historical photograph collections such as the Hines and Henry Studio Collections. During the latter part of his service, he created, and contributed content to, The Way We Were series in the Western News.

Corporate body · [1870 - 1879]

O'Connor and Lancaster, Photographers, operated in London, Ontario during the 1870s. They also went by the name "Popular Photo Studio".

Westland, Leonard George
Person · 1862-1934

Leonard George Westland owned and operated a hardware and paint store in London South on Wortley Road near Bruce St. in the first part of the 20th century. He was also an amateur photographer.