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The Immigration Story of Dr. Lonsdale Brian Nettleton (British Immigrant)

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Brian came to fill a position at the Truro Animal Hospital. Started the Maritime Cattle Market (Truro Livestock Auction ) 1959. Bought the Animal Hospital 1960 and practiced in Truro till 1975. He was involved in trying to revitalize the N.S. sheep industry. Was one of a group that imported 1200 sheep from the U.K., travelled on the boat with them from the U.K. Was president of the Canadian Sheep Breeders. Represented Canada at an International Sheep Dog Trial. He gave many demonstrations with his sheep dogs. I think he gave demonstrations at the first Atlantic Winter Fair? 1982 we had a chance to give back to Canada, and went to Papua, New Guinea as CUSO volunteers, stayed there for six years. Prior to coming to Canada Brian worked as veterinary assistant to James Herriot (Alf White) in Thirsk Yorkshire, and was featured as Calum Buchanan in Herriot’s last Book, “Every Living Thing”.
Additional information provided from a letter sent to the museum by his wife, Martha:
When we arrived in N.S. , we set up house in Truro, as Brian had a position at the Truro Animal Hospital. The veterinary practice covered a large area all of Colchester and part of East Hants counties. As he visited the farms, he was surprised to find that there was no regular auction market for trading livestock, and as he felt cost of treatment should be related to the value of the farm animal he would ask the farmer, and quickly discovered there was no correlation between the purchase of an animal from a cattle dealer, and the sale. As most of the farmers thought an auction sale on a regular basis would be a good idea Brian spent the winter planning an auction sale. I still have the original booklets and flyers he had printed and we would put in mail boxes as we drove around the country.
The first sale was held in April 1959, and the Maritime Cattle Market is still going strong.