Dr. Chris Milligan developed a love of geography as a result of his family’s migratory travels initially from England to Australia in 1948 and then from England to Canada in 1956.
Following his undergraduate studies in geography at Sir George Williams University Chris undertook graduate studies at McGill University in Montreal, and obtained his doctorate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto. After a stint as a Social Studies teacher in Montreal, he was appointed professor in the teaching of the social sciences at McGill.
Dr. Milligan’s work as a geographer has taken him to such distant locations as Canada’s Arctic, the United Kingdom and Australia. Among the several books he has published is Australian Hospital Ship Centaur: The Myth of Immunity, the investigative story of the sinking of a noncombatant during World War II. His research for that book with John C. H. Foley helped to locate the site of the wreck in 2010.
In the 1990s, Dr. Milligan brought his expertise as an historical geographer and cartographer to bear on a collaborative study, with colleague Dr. David Smith, of Pierre Lemoyne’s flagship, Le Pelican, in the Battle of the Bay. It resulted in the writing of two books, Le Pelican an Early Canadian History and Check Mate! In consequence, he is an enthusiastic supporter of attempts to locate any remains of the sunken Hampshire and Pelican.
Dr. Milligan brings his experience in historical research. His role is to help the Fara Heim team search for the Battle of Hudson Bay ships.