Category Archives: Volunteering

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.

Doors Open Hamilton 2019 – Auchmar Estate – Huge Success

The Friends of Auchmar volunteered at Auchmar Estate during the Doors Open Hamilton weekend (May 4-5, 2019, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.).

Thank you to all members who gave of their time to make Auchmar an interesting visit.

Doors Open Hamilton May 2019
Thank you to the City of Hamilton, Tourism, Culture and Heritage, for opening Auchmar for Doors Open Hamilton and the volunteers who welcomed the public and contributed greatly.

Thank you to the City of Hamilton, Tourism, Culture and Heritage for inviting the Friends of Auchmar to be the official hosts for Auchmar Estate.

Diane Dent, Chair, Friends of Auchmar and Bill King, author of Buchanan of Auchmar provided Jane’s Walk of the Auchmar grounds to over 100 interested Hamiltonians during the weekend.

Doors Open Hamilton May 2019

The visits with Norris Podetz, artist, Bill King, author of Buchanan of Auchmar, Gwen Vasseur and her family and their archive were very well received.

The interviews with Doors Open Hamilton Auchmar Estate guests were a great success.

Doors Open Hamilton May 2019

Over 3,000 people took this rare opportunity to walk the hallways and staircases, the grounds and gardens, listen to stories, view memorabilia, learn of Auchmar’s history, chat with the artist and author, and make it a successful visit.

For more photos and information about the Auchmar Estate and Manor House please visit our Facebook page or the photo galleries on this website.

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.

Volunteers needed For Auchmar Public Open House

The City of Hamilton will open Auchmar Estate to the public on May 6th and 7th, 2017, between the hours of 12-4pm.

The City of Hamilton asked the Friends of Auchmar Board to make its membership aware of the above and invite the membership to volunteer at Auchmar on these dates and times.

Any member who wishes to volunteer should contact Carolyn Samko at Heritage and Culture for more information by April 27, 2017.

She may be reached at the following:

Email: Phone 905-546-2424 Ext 2509
Cell# 905-979-5151


John Kajaste
Friends of Auchmar Board, Secretary