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Gerald Killan

Toronto, University of Toronto Press, c1983.
276pp, paper, $35.00 (cloth), $14.95 (paper).
ISBN 0-8020-2475-0 (cloth), 0-8020-6496-5 (paper).

Grades 9 and up.
Reviewed by Carrie Gardner.

Volume 11 Number 6.
1983 November.

This excellent biography is significant as the study of a man. It is also important to the story of the towns of central Canada where a few individuals moved the education system and study of the archaeology of the land forward and developed schools and institutions where people's lives in this country could be imaginatively formed.

As a man, David Boyle was unique in his drive to educate himself and to work in a profession of his choice. He moved from being an artisan to an archaeologist. "He bridged the gap between the antiquarians of the first half of the nineteenth century and the professional archaeologists of the twentieth." It is impressive in this readable account to see the man as a teacher who made his students explore their world experientially and to stand in no awe of institutions. He created a museum school whose specimens came from all over the world.

The book contains some interesting photographs, a genealogy of the family, and some detailed explanations of Boyle's digs. Students interested in education, archaeology, and the lives of early Ontario residents will most certainly profit from reading this.

Carrie Gardner, Seneca College, North York, ON.
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