Cousin du #1 Wurtele: le collectionneur de timbres

LE COLONEL ERNEST F. WURTELE DE QUÉBEC INFLUENCE LA PHILATÉLIE CANADIENNE

En 1878, un jeune cadet du nom de Ernest F. Wurtele [#47] de Québec, fraichement sorti du Collège militaire royal du Canada à Kingston faisait son entrée dans la philatélie organise. Quelques années plus tard, en 1887, il devient un des premiers membres de la Canadian Philatelic Association, première société philatélique nationale qui donna naissance à ce qu’est maintenant la Société royale de philatélie du Canada. Lors de la première assemblée publique qui se tenait à Toronto, il est candidat au poste de vice-président pour la province de Québec mais on lui préfère R. A. Baldwin Hart de Montréal. Lors de la 5e convention annuelle de la Canadian Philatelic Association en 1892, il en deviendra la président national. Entre-temps, avec l’aide du colonel J. S. O’Meara de Québec, il fonde et devient le président du Québec Philatelic Club. À 32 ans il est un collectionneur sérieux car il vient de remporter la médaille de bronze (c’est- à-dire le troisième prix) pour la présentation de la meilleure collection de timbres lors de l’exposition centrale de l’Ontario qui se tenait à Ottawa. Il culminera les honneurs tout au long de sa carrier. Il sera préident de la Canadian Philatelic Association de 1892 à 1897. Cette dernière s’amalgame avec la Dominion Philatelic Association et E. F. Wurtele en sera le président en 1901. Il devient aussi le 1er vice-président de la League of Canadian Philatelists et membre correspondant de la Montréal Philatelic Association.

 Pluseiurs années plus tard il déménage à  Montréal. Lors de la 3e et très importante exposition philatélique canadienne qui se tenait à Montréal en 1925, il était le vice-président honoraire de l’exposition. Une de sesw dernières causeries devant les membres du St. Lawrence Stamp Collectors’ Club of Montréal faisait étatde sa collection qui comprenait l’ensamble des timbres-poste du Canada et des provinces sous toutes ses formes (neufs, usagés, épreuves, variétés) ainsi que les timbre fiscaux et locaux. Il était aussi membre du Canadian Cancellation Club – le prmier club associé à la collection de marques postales au Canada. Le colonel Wurtele décède à Montréal en 1936.

Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards

3 Comments

  • 7897 Gilles Langlois

    January 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Victoria
    Great little article. Being a stamp collector, the title attracted my attention and the information contained in the article was well laid out. I was not aware that an ex-cadet was so involved with my hobby. Thanks, Gilles

  • Andy Ellwood

    January 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Victoria:

    I was not aware of LCol Wurtele’s involvement in philately. Although I am a long time collector, it never ceases to surprise me how many fellow collectors there were and are. It is a fascinating hobby and is a never-ending experience.

    Can you advise me if there is an English translation of this piece of history available? My French is barely adequate to allow me to enjoy your article.

    Andy Ellwood (#5478 Class of 1962)

  • Victoria Edwards

    January 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Born in 1860 No. 47 Ernest Frederick Würtele began collecting stamps at age 12 while attending the Collegiate Institute at Galt, Ontario. He lost interest in stamps for almost a decade and began again in 1886 while serving in the Royal Rifles. In 1887, he became one of the first members of the Canadian Philatelic Association, the first national philatelic society that gave birth to what is now the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada. At the first public meeting, which was held in Toronto, he was a candidate for Vice- President for Quebec however R. A. Baldwin Hart of Montreal was chosen. At the 5th annual convention of the Canadian Philatelic Association in 1892, he became the National President. Meanwhile, with the help of Colonel J. S. O’Meara he founded and became president of the Quebec Philatelic Club. At age 32, he was a serious collector who won the bronze medal (that is to say the third prize) for the presentation of the best collection of stamps at the exhibition center in Ontario that was held in Ottawa. It will culminate honors throughout his career. He was president of the Canadian Philatelic Association from 1892 to 1897, which merged with the Dominion Philatelic Association; He served as president of the Dominion Philatelic Association in Canada in 1901. He also became the first vice president of the League of Canadian Philatelists and corresponding member of the Montreal Philatelic Association. Many years later he moved to Montreal. During the third and very important Canadian philatelic exhibition which was held in Montreal in 1925, he was the honorary vice-president of the exhibition. During one of his last talks to members of the St. Lawrence Stamp Collectors’ Club of Montreal, he presented his collection of Canadian revenues and postal cards. He collected stamps of Canada and the provinces in all its forms (new, used, tests varieties) and local tax and stamp. He was also a member of the Canadian Cancellation Club – first club associated with cancelled stamps in Canada. He was a contributor to the Canadian Journal of Philately. The Canadian Philatetic Society Bulletin noted that when he died at his home in Montreal on March 13, 1936 at 77 years of age, he was the oldest continuous member of the Canadian Philatelic Society. He kept his interest up in philately until the very end.