Haliburton Royal Black Preceptory No. 600
Haliburton, Ontario, Canada
William "Curly Bill" Roberts (1885-1933) was a son of James and Hannah Roberts, who pioneered at Harburn, Ontario in 1868-69. In 1881, he married Lydia Wiley (1860-1933) of Harburn and they raised a family. Roberts worked variously at farming, guiding, and later as a local dam-keeper on the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Active in Loyal Orange Lodge No. 814, Harburn, he later moved to Haliburton Village, where he transferred his membership to Haliburton Loyal Orange Lodge No. 975.
As an Orangeman, he passed through the ranks and became a charter member of the Lodge's Royal Black Perceptory No. 600 at Haliburton in 1903.
He is shown here in his Royal Black Preceptory regalia with his wife Lydia (Source: Haliburton Highlands Museum).