Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | September 24, 2016

Postcards – Osnabruck Tropical Gardens, ca. 1980.


Sydney the Macaw at Osnabruck Tropical Gardens, Frank and Mary Reid Proprietors.

This and the following postcard were printed by Dexter Color Cornwall and photographed and published by Bill Lasalle.

scan0051Susie and Wilburn, yellow blue-wing Macaws.

Photo. by Bill Lasalle, Cornwall.

In October 1982, the “Morrisburg Leader” wrote”

Lunenburg – Even Cookie the cockatoo went to a good home.

Osnabruck Tropical Gardens has finally been sold, to a couple from Ottawa who want to retire there but who don’t want to carry on with the business.  For proprietor Mary Reid it means the end to goodbyes to the tropical birds she grew to love and an end of a way of life her and her deceased husband Frank wanted to share for the rest of their lives.

But Frank’s death on July 10th, 1981, signaled an end to the operation, an operation that rivaled most other tourist attractions in the area.

Many couldn’t handle the chores that needed to be done and she also couldn’t handle the solitude  Frank’s death had left her with on the seven acre parcel of land south of here.  Now she is going to move to Toronto and help people who are in the same situation she was in.

scan0052             Cookie the Cockatoo.

“I guess three comes a time when you have to face the facts isn’t there?” she said.  “I knew the day would have to come but, you know, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.”

She says people she sold the property to were just as taken by the scenic location as she and Frank and the many visitors to the non-profit operation had been.


scan0055              Musovy Duck.

“They loved it,” she said, “like everybody else they really loved it.   I know there are going to be some disappointed people that we’re not going to continue but they had their chance if they really wanted it to keep going.”

Mary kept the business going with the help of several private citizens, especially close, neighbours, but finally had to give it up.


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