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A 19th century Campbeltown carpenter’s hammer has been nailed down in British Columbia.
Professor Ronald Roberts at Campbeltown Heritage Centre tells how John Hamilton McKellar, the son of David and Janet McKellar who ran the Main Street dairy, emigrated to South Africa and Canada, always with his trusty hammer.
In Vancouver, he became head of the school board maintenance department and whenever new staff were needed he would try to recruit them from back home, one of the reasons why there is such a large Kintyre expatriate community in British Columbia (BC).
When his grandduaghter, Professor Barbara Bulman -Fleming of Victoria, BC saw the picture of the Robert Weir workers, she immediately recognised her grandfather–and his hammer.
She had inherited the cherished hammer, still engraved with his name, and now keeps it in her coal cellar.
Carpentry workers at Robert Weir and Sons in 1897. John Hamilton McKellar is bottom left in the photo. NO_c30meory02_Weir workers adjusted
John Hamilton McKellar’s hammer which is now in British Columbia. NO_c30memorylane01_Hammer_ex-canada