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The Dr. Thomas Johnston Collection, 1900 Dr. Thomas Johnston was a man of considerable importance in Sarnia at the end of the 19th century: he served as Councilor and Mayor of the city, was elected Member of Parliament for West Lambton, helped establish the Sarnia General Hospital and was honoured as a veteran of the Fenian Raids. Dr. Johnston was an avid collector of native tools and projectile points, becoming a leading authority on their style and significance. This collection is important because it was gathered very early, was published in the annual Ontario Archaeological Report of 1901, and has received further academic interest recently. Dr. Johnston was able to collect this material through friendly relations with members of the Sarnia Chippewas. Natives would often visit the Johnston home, and one of his children was ceremonially 'adopted' by the band to honor the doctor and acknowledge his service to their people. Through his personal contact with natives, his foresight and curiosity, Dr. Johnston was able to leave this extensive and interesting collection for us today.
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