Winnie-the-Pooh: The Forgotten Connection


Lovely story about the origins of the original Winnie.

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Special thanks to CBC Radio for an interview that resurrected this little known story about the origins of Winnie-the-Pooh. Here’s a summary.

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Winnie-the-Pooh was born in Canada! Well, sort of.

It all began in 1914. The First World War was underway in Europe. The Canadian Army was in desperate need of trained personnel to care for the thousands of horses used by the cavalry.

A young veterinarian in Winnipeg heeded the call.

Harry Colebourn soon found himself on a train with scores of other young men destined for the army base in Val Cartier, Quebec. A few hours into their journey the train stopped in White River, Ont., to take on water and coal for the steam engine. Like many other soldiers, Harry stepped off the train to stretch his legs.

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Standing beside the tracks was a man who turned out to be a trapper. He was holding a…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. K E Garland
    Nov 03, 2016 @ 23:14:00

    What in the world? What a fascinating story about connection.

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    • joanfrankham
      Nov 04, 2016 @ 08:49:41

      Yes indeed. And i heard that the skull of the original is in tge Royal College of Surgeons archives in London where it was donated after she died. All her teeth had fallen out as she loved honey and visitors kept feeding her some! I think she had a happy life

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