It’s a humdinger of a story. William and Hannah Amelia Croscup had their front parlour in their new 1845 home in Karsdale, Nova Scotia painted by the naval ensign, William Thackeray, in return for room and board. It was ‘discovered’ in the 1960’s and purchased by the National Gallery of Canada in 1976. It’s been restored and is only display in Ottawa. But … losing these walls/painting led to the formation of the Friends of the Croscup Painted Parlour. Mr. Dick has been instrumental in the project titled “Bringing the Croscup Painted Parlour Home” and back to Nova Scotia.