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Foley Foundry & Machine Co. Ltd.

  • Corporate body
  • fl. 1855-1961

The foundry was established in 1855 and operated as Walker Foundry, which manufactured agriculture machinery. In 1917, Francis "Frank" Bernard Foley and R.J. Graham purchased the factory from J.C. McCarthy to manufacture a line of evaporating and dehydrating machinery invented by Frank B. Foley. The business then became known as Fruit Machinery Company Limited. After World War I, the factory became a custom machine shop and foundry, repairing all types of machinery.

In 1948, the company became Foley Foundry & Machine Co. Ltd. Following Frank B. Foley's death in 1947, his son Frank H. Foley was elected President and General Manager. The Vice President of the business, the eldest son of Frank B. Foley, Thomas L. Foley, was killed in action while serving in the R.C.A.F. as a Bomber Pilot in World War II. A fire severely damaged the factory and its equipment in December 1960.

The business moved to a new building on Wallbridge Crescent in Belleville, ON, in 1961, operating as a repair and steel fabrication business. The company also operated as a supply business, distributing the products of Canadian Liquid Air Co. as well as automotive supplies on route to Cobourg, Kingston, and South to Picton, Ontario.

Quinte Arts Council

  • Corporate body
  • 1967-

The Quinte Arts Council (QAC) was established in 1967 as a registered charitable organization dedicated to supporting artists and arts organizations in the Quinte region by developing various events, bursaries, and workshops. In a QAC mission statement, the organization declares its goal “to provide leadership within [the] community, to foster and develop creative excellence among artists and to promote awareness of and appreciation for the arts.”

The QAC was created as a result of the successful “Arts Fest” event in 1967, which led to an interest for an arts council that served the Quinte area. The Chairman of the Steering Committee for establishing the Council was Marian M. Wilson, who became the QAC’s charter president. After conversing with the Ontario Council for the Arts and sixty representatives from Belleville, Brighton, Picton, and Trenton, the QAC was officially created on September 25, 1967. The QAC was incorporated in 1984.

The QAC is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors with committees responsible for different aspects of the QAC’s operations. The Board, Committees and other volunteers are supported by hired members of staff. Artists, arts organizations and businesses can apply to join the QAC’s membership. The QAC also publishes the Umbrella, which informs readers about arts and culture in the Quinte region.


Quinte Homophile Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1986-

The Quinte Homophile Association was established in Belleville in 1986 as a social support group for gay men and lesbians, their family and friends.

Soroptimist Club of Belleville

  • Corporate body
  • fl. 1947-c.1966

The Soroptimist Club of Belleville was formed in May 1947, becoming the 289th club in the Soroptimist International Association and the first women’s service organization in Belleville, Ontario. The Peterborough Soroptimist Club sponsored the formation of the Belleville chapter. Mrs. Georgia Smith was elected the first charter president of the Soroptimist Club of Belleville with Dr. Lily B. Mathieson as 1st Vice President, Mrs. Agnes Caton as 2nd Vice President, Miss Mary Lloyd as Secretary, Mrs. Inda A. Drew as Treasurer, and Miss Laura M. Johnston, Mrs. Mary L. Quinn, Miss Helen Keeler, and Miss Leona Riggs as Directors. The first Charter members were Miss Lillian Courneyea, Miss Lola Fluke, Miss Rachel Fox, Mrs. Francis Bennett, Miss Majorie Gothard, Mrs. Minnie Kerr, Mrs. Barbara McCaw, Miss Gladys H. MacDonald, Mrs. Mathilda Mazer, Mrs. Amy Rawson, and Mrs. Edna Wrightmeyer.

The Soroptimist Club of Belleville funded various endeavors throughout Belleville, Ontario. In 1992, Leona Hendry, Chief Librarian of the Belleville Public Library, reported that the Belleville Soroptimist Club donated $500 in 1950 to begin a record collection. In 1953, the Club sponsored a Tweed Ladies Coronation Tea and Fashion Show, held at Georgia Smith’s residence. In 1957-1958, the Belleville chapter established a $25 prize for the highest standing in the Grade XI Commercial Course for students of the Belleville Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. In May 1960, the 28th conference of the Eastern Canada Region of the Soroptimist Federation of the Americas was held in Belleville, with President Georgia Smith serving as chairman of the banquet. The Soroptimist Club of Belleville presumably concluded by the 1970s.

The Soroptimist International Association (SIA) was a volunteer service organization founded in the 1920s to serve as a classified service club for professional and executive business women of American, British and European Federations. In a SIA leaflet from the 1940s, the word Soroptimist derives from the word soror (sister) and optima (best), meaning “The Best for Women.” The leaflet states that the ideals of the Soroptimist Clubs are “the sincerity of friendship, the joy of achievement, the dignity of service, the integrity of professions, [and] the love of country.”


  • Corporate body
  • 1950s-1970s

State glass exporter for Czechoslovakia.

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