Category Archives: Auchmar Estate

Norris Podetz has passed away

Norris Podetz

Norris Podetz

It is with deep sadness that the Friends of Auchmar Board announces the death of Norris Podetz in July 2021.

Norris was a long time member of the Friends of Auchmar and avid supporter of history and railway heritage.

Many of you will know of and recognize Norris via his artwork and portraits of the Auchmar Estate, the Stables, Grounds and Gatehouse. His contributions, greatly valued by all to Friends of Auchmar meetings and special events, will be missed.

The Friends of Auchmar Board and membership extend deepest sympathy to the Podetz family.

Larry Maughan has passed away

It is with deep sadness that we announce the untimely death of Larry Maughan on November 29, 2018. Beloved husband to Isobelle (Belle) for 45 years who predeceased him in 1999. Loving father to Kate (the Reverend Canon Keith). Awesome Grandpa to Sarah and Josh Morrison. Big brother to Michael Maughan (Judith, deceased). Will be fondly remembered by four nieces and nephews and six great-nieces and nephews. Active in the Bahá’í Fellowships of Hamilton and Guelph, strong supporter of all Bahá’í youth. Volunteer with the Friends of Auchmar, Hamilton; Waldie’s Blacksmith Shop, Milton and Westfield Heritage Village, Hamilton. Burial to take place on Tuesday, December 4 at 11:00 a.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park (cemetery) 762 Woolwich St., Guelph. A Celebration of Life will be at Church of the Resurrection, Hamilton. Details forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Friends of Auchmar, Hamilton.

Friends of Auchmar Canada 150 event – The Life and Times of the Honourable Isaac Buchanan

The Honourable Isaac Buchanan: What’s His Most Enduring Achievement?

A FREE Community Event Hosted by Friends of Auchmar in Celebration of Canada 150

Wednesday December 6, 2017 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Officer’s Mess
John Foote Armoury, 200 James St. N., Downtown Hamilton

Isaac Buchanan (1810-1883) was a multifaceted changemaker who helped transform Hamilton and Canada. Join us for a good-natured evening that will feature five guest debaters from different fields asked to make the case for Buchanan’s most enduring achievement:

Architecture — Shannon Kyles, Professor of Architecture, Mohawk College

Business — Marvin Ryder, Assistant Professor, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

Military — Honorary Colonel Peter Young, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry

Politics — Larry Di Ianni, Former Mayor, City of Hamilton (2003-2006)

Religion — Marilyn Repchuck, Historian and Member of the MacNab Street Presbyterian Church

The winning debater will be selected by the audience and receive a surprise gift.

The event will be moderated by Jeff Feswick, President of Historia Restoration Hamilton, an award winning building restoration leader. There will also be a musical tribute by singer-songwriter Mark McNeil. The program will also include an update on “reimagining” the historic Auchmar Estate built by Isaac Buchanan.

A special thanks to Hamilton 2017 for helping fund our Canada 150 event.

Isaac Buchanan Canada 150 Event

Isaac Buchanan Canada 150 Event

Notice of Annual General Meeting – Oct-26-2017

On October 26th The Friends of Auchmar will hold it’s Annual General Meeting. The meeting takes place on Thursday October 26th, 2017 from 7-9 pm. at the Terryberry Public Library (corner of West 5th and Mohawk Rd W.).

Robin McKee, who recently visited Europe on a tour with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry will present a talk on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid.
Richard Allen – on the Restore the Dovecote Campaign
Bill King – Buchanan of Auchmar
Carolyn Samko – Update on the Restoration work completed/planned for Auchmar


  1. Welcome
  2. President’s Address (Diane Dent)
  3. Keynote Speaker: Robin McKee Topic: Vimy – 100th Anniversary, and the Dieppe Raid 75th Anniversary
  4. This Place Matters -Restore the Dovecote Campaign (Richard Allen)
  5. Canada 150 Event: The Life and Times of the Honourable Isaac Buchanan (Richard Allan)
  6. Buchanan of Auchmar (Bill King)
  7. Auchmar Restoration Update (Carolyn Samko)
  8. Closing Remarks

Attention FOA Members: Your Annual Membership is now due (except new members who joined after May 1, 2017).

Admission is FREE and is open to the general public as well as FOA Members
Everyone is welcome.
Donations gratefully accepted.

Limited Seating: RSVP required to