BCP162 Calgary (Rundle) Replacement Cap - CONTINUATION OF LOG
Rundle often wintered at the Fort, and visited with the natives through the spring and summer to preach the gospel, and educate them in the Cree syllabics invented by his Wesleyan missionary colleague, Reverend James Evans. In this way, Rundle became extremely well-travelled, having gone the distance between the HBC's larger trading posts in what is present-day Alberta, and having sought out the natives who lived in the country along the way.
In 1843, the Hudson's Bay Company erected a small chapel which Rundle boasted could seat 100 persons. Described by Rundle in a letter home, the structure served not only as a Chapel, but had a small lodging for Rundle including a study space. In 1847, Rundle received permission to create a mission site at Pigeon Lake. The mission served the Cree, Stoney and Blackfoot peoples, instructing them not only in Christianity, but in reading and writing in syllabics, and growing crops. The Rundle Mission site was declared a National Historic Monument in 1965, and the site, its buildings and cemetery were designated a Provincial Historic Site in 1997. Though the original buildings no longer survive, there is a retreat house present.
Robert Rundle documented his work in Rupert's Land in his journals. Included in this are two sets of registers: one set documenting hundreds of baptisms and dozens of weddings all performed by Rundle. Additionally, Rundle kept an anecdotal record in his journal, shedding light on his experience as a missionary.
Rundle suffered a serious injury from a horse-riding accident, a fractured wrist, in July of 1847. The injury did not heal properly, rendering his left hand essentially useless. Rundle decided to return home to seek treatment; he reached England in September of 1848. While he had intended to go back to Rupert's Land, he never did again.
After regaining his health, Rundle was prepared to do missionary service abroad again and was offered a missionary post in Australia. However, his plans changed when he married a woman named Mary Wolverson in 1854, and he stayed in England. Robert and Mary had nine children, though only four of them survived to maturity: Martha Anne, Rupert, Mary Grace and Sarah Alice. Rundle continued to serve as a minister in England until his retirement. He passed away on February 4, 1896 in Garstang, Lancashire.
A number of things are named in Rundle's honour:
- Fort Edmonton Park's reconstruction of Rundle's chapel,
- Mount Rundle, which overlooks Banff, Alberta,
- The Rundle Heights neighborhood in east-central Edmonton,
- Rundle Park in Rundle Heights - a large outdoor recreation space in Edmonton,
- The Rundle neighbourhood in north-east Calgary,
- Rundle C-Train Station in Calgary,
- Rundle School (elementary) in Edmonton,
- Rundle Elementary School in Calgary,
- Robert Rundle Elementary School in the suburb of St. Albert, Alberta,
- Rundle College, a private, multi-campus school for pre-school to Grade 12 students in Calgary,
- Rundle Hall, a dormitory at the University of Calgary, and
- Rundle Plant, a hydroelectric plant on the Bow River in southern Alberta.
The cap is a traditional cap, resides slightly above grade and is in excellent condition.
Edit: It seems some people want to know the rest of Rundle's life story so a new paragraph has been added.
[This entry was edited by GeoKs on Thursday, September 04, 2008 at 9:04:24 AM.]