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Haviland Club to honour birthday of founding member George Lowden

This Google street view image shows the Haviland Club, on the corner of Haviland and Water streets in Charlottetown.
This Google street view image shows the Haviland Club, on the corner of Haviland and Water streets in Charlottetown. - Google maps

Haviland Club members will be sipping coffee and tea the morning of Feb. 28 to mark the 200thbirthday of George F.C. Lowden – a prominent citizen of Charlottetown with an interesting link to the club’s building.

Lowden, who was born in Pictou, N.S. on Feb. 28, 1819, had a wholesale business in Charlottetown, was a justice of the peace, and was one of the men who set up the Bank of Prince Edward Island, said Bert Christie, a trustee with the Haviland Club.

Lowden owned at least four ships registered in Charlottetown: a barque, built in 1850, named Rival, and three schooners; H Ingram built in 1850; Jenny Lind built in 1850; and Ada built in 1858.

In the Island Register for 1863, Lowden is listed as a wholesale dealer in flour, tea and tobacco

manufacturing on Queen Street.

Lowden died suddenly in 1864, leaving Ester Lowden a wealthy widow.

Ester later built a home on the corner of Haviland Street and Water Street which has served as the Haviland Club since the early 1990s.

The Haviland Club is a social club for men and women described as a safe and comfortable place to have fun. Live entertainment and bridge are stables of the club.

To learn more about the club, visit havilandclub.com.

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