Kininvie– Perth Museum
1907 from the Journal of Thomas Alfred Code
There is no doubt that Jennie Leslie Code was the love of Thomas Alfred Code’s life. Kininvie signified the House of Leslie was built out of the love and honour he had for her and in honour of her birthplace. T.A Code always described his home as a charming homestead with a notable view over river, park and trees. Built of reddish sandstone in 1906 for the textile manufacturer this grand Edwardian residence is said to have been heated by steam from the factory across the street
The fading of the leaves soon followed the fading of flowers, but there was still much beauty in the blossoms and bloom in the gardens and in the wildwood. The changing hues of the hydrangea were in their second stage and the russet tints of the Virginia Creeper, the Boston Ivy and the wild grapes ushered in the vivid painting of maple leaves just turning from the summer green.
And it won’t be long before ‘November’s Surly Blasts’ as Scotland Robert Burns has said, that turns “fields and forests bare’, and then will come the flying snow. Foremost among the many richly-bedecked gardens in town are the grounds connected with Mr. T. A. Code’s handsome villa “Kininvie” was not only a pleasure to the tourist’s eye, but had an outlook over “Little River” into the John A. Stewart Park. It travelled into the rushing miniature stream from the main river, the glacier worn granite rocks, and also the white swans. The interlacing running stream also turns toward and into the beautifully kept tree richness of the late Hon. John G. Haggarts residence with the spacious lawn sward and walks in front.
In thus throwing open his flower gardens and greeneries to the gaze of the public, one can see Mr. Code’s faculty in choosing just what should be cut away and what should be left. And now, when the summer has ended and the season is gradually fading, we have to bid for the wintry months not only of the Kininvie enclosures, but also of the other various charming grounds and gardens of our beautiful Perth.
- In the 1883, Mr. T. A. Code established Codes Custom Wool Mill with a range of processes, including: carding, spinning, fulling, shearing, pressing, and coloring of yarns. In 1896, its name was changed to the Tay Knitting Mill, and it produced yarn, hosiery, socks, gloves, sporting-goods, sweaters, and mitts. Another change came in 1899, when a felt-making process was introduced and the mill was renamed Code Felt. The company continued to operate until the closing of the factory in 1998. The following year, John Stewart began a major restoration and introduced new uses for this landmark. This impressive limestone complex with its central atrium now has an interesting mix of commercial tenants.-Perth Remembered
How did I get this?
I purchased this journal online from a dealer in California. I made every attempt to make sure the journal came back to its rightful location. Every day I will be putting up a new page so its contents are available to anyone. It is a well worn journal full of glued letters and newspaper clippings which I think belonged to Code’s son Allan at one point. Yes there is lots of genealogy in this journal. I am going to document it page by page. This journal was all handwritten and hand typed. Read-More Local Treasure Than Pirate’s Booty on Treasure Island
How did it get into the United States? The book definitely belonged to Allan Code and he died in Ohio in 1969.
Allan Leslie Code
1896–1969 — BIRTH 27 MAR 1896 • Ontario—DEATH JUN 1969 • Mentor, Lake, Ohio, USA
Andrew Haydon–He was the author of Pioneer Sketches of The District of Bathurst (Lanark and Renfrew Counties, Ontario) (The Ryerson Press, 1925) and Mackenzie King and the Liberal Party (Allen, 1930).
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4b – Innisville — Coopers and “Whipping the Cat” 1860-1870
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 4e – Innisville — ‘Neighbours Furnished one Another with Fire’
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 5- Code Family– “Hawthorn Mill was a Failure, and the Same Bad Luck has Followed for at Least 50 Years”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 6- Code Family– “Almost everything of an industry trial character had vanished in Innisville in 1882”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 7- Code Family–“Thank God, no member of my family has disgraced me or the name!
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 8- Code Family– “We got a wool sack and put him inside and took him to the bridge”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 9- Code Family –“I had much trouble in saving myself from becoming a first class liar”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 10- Code Family – I conjured to myself: “You will know me later!” And Peter McLaren did.
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 11- Code Family –“I continued with bull dog tenacity for 12 years without salary”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 12- Code Family–“Had I the course to go over again I would evade outside responsibilities beyond my share, even if it cost more”
The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 16- Code Family-“The fish would shoot back and forth and at time hit their legs causing them to fall”