The History of Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Boyle

In this presentation you will learn about Colonel Boyle who was a real-life Canadian James Bond. After making a fortune in the 1898 Gold Rush, the “King of the Klondike” brought a hockey team 7,000 kilometres to challenge the Ottawa Senators for the Stanley Cup. During World War I, he established his own machine gun unit, reorganized the Russian train system, became the “Saviour of Romania,” tried to rescue the Dowager Tsarina of Russia, and was reputedly the lover of Queen Marie of Romania. Buried in England, his remains were returned to Canada with full military honours in 1983.


Dec 07 2022


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  • James Powell
    James Powell
    Historian, Writer, Author

    Born in Bermuda, James is a retired senior officer of the Bank of Canada. He is the author or co-author of three books dealing with some aspect of Canadian economic history: A History of the Canadian Dollar; The Bank of Canada of James Elliott Coyne: Challenges, Confrontation and Change; and (with Jill Moxley), Faking It! A History of Counterfeiting in Canada. He also wrote a History of the G-20 Countries for the Group of Twenty, as well as two corporate books for the Bank of Canada, one focusing on the architecture and art of the Bank of Canada and another on Canada’s currency collection. James is a Director of the Historical Society of Ottawa, and is the author of an Ottawa history blog called Today in Ottawa’s History.

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