[ Aerial view of Potter Creek, old mill site, and Canoe Lake ]

Aerial view of Potter Creek, old mill site, and Canoe Lake, Unknown, 1960, Algonquin Park Archives, APMA 5030, An aerial view of the long-abandoned Gilmour and Co. mill site along Potter Creek, with Canoe Lake visible in the distance

Between 1966 and 1978, researchers helped to bring forward a wide variety of new discussion regarding Tom Thomson’s death. An edited version of Blodwen Davies’ 1935 book was published, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation produced a program devoted to investigating the Thomson tragedy. William Little also published the results of his controversial research that began in 1956.

The assertions made in these productions helped to raise new interest in the case, and compelled researchers to seek out testimony from surviving persons who might offer their insights. Not everyone agreed, however, that Thomson’s death needed to be researched, let alone discussed any further.

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