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Staff Artifact Pick: Senator Corby’s Chair

Staff Artifact Pick: Senator Corby’s Chair

Join Fleming College Museum Management and Curatorship Intern, Shannon, as she shares her staff pick: Senator Henry Corby Jr’s chair.

 

 

Henry “Harry” Corby Jr. (1851-1917) was an Ontario businessman and political figure.  He represented Hastings West as a Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1888 to 1901.

 

Henry "Harry" Corby, 1851-1917

 

 

Born in Belleville, Corby was the son of Henry Corby, a prominent local businessman and owner of a distillery in Belleville.

 

Corbyville Mills & Distillery

photo credit: www.corby.ca

 

In 1881, he took over the family distillery, which later became known as Corby Distilleries.
He was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1912 and died while still in office in 1917.

 

Senator Corby's Chair

According to oral history, this hand-carved oak chair was given to Senator Corby when he left the Senate.

 

Elaborate carving

There is quite a bit of elaborate hand-carving on the chair.

 

detail of the hand-carved oak

Melissa Wakeling has a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College. Melissa works as Education and Marketing Coordinator at Glanmore National Historic Site in Belleville, Ontario.