At every meeting, the St. Catharines Museum brings out one of the interesting artifacts from its collection to share with the Society.
This week Arden Phair selected the McKee / Trans-Canada Trophy. This trophy was awarded to Murton Seymour in 1940. Murton Seymour was born in St. Catharines in 1892. When a young boy, his family moved to British Columbia. Out west, he learned to fly and helped to start one of the first flying clubs in Canada. His interest in flight eventually led him to joining the Air Force during World War I.
After the War, Seymour returned to St. Catharines. He represented the City as a solicitor for over forty years. He was also responsible for incorporating the St. Catharines Flying Club in 1928 and became a founding member and director of the Canadian Flying Club Association. When the Second World War broke, Seymour’s influence was pivotal in converting flying clubs all over Canada into training facilities for war pilots. For these critical efforts, Seymour was given the McKee / Trans-Canada Trophy in 1940 for his efforts undertaken in 1939. This award was bestowed to the individual who best advanced aviation in Canada. Seymour was also inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame and was made an officer in the Order of the British Empire.
The Trophy was donated by Elizabeth Seymour – 2002.172.1.