Niagara-on-the-Lake in Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario — Central Canada
Born in England, Kirby came to Canada in 1839 and began work as a tanner in the vicinity of Niagara-on-the-Lake. There he developed his literary talents and soon after moving into the town in 1848 embarked on a long and prolific career as a journalist and writer. Keenly aware of the region's past, he celebrated its traditions in poetry and a history, Annals of Niagara (1896), but it was his interest in French Canadian legends which inspired his most famous work The Golden Dog (1877). The novel made him a national figure and in 1882 he became an original Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Nè en Angleterre, Kirby arriva au Canada en 1839. Il travailla comme tanneur dans le banlieue Niagara, où il développa son talent littéraire. Peu après s’être installé dans le ville en 1848, il entreprenit une longue et féconde carrière comme journalist et écrivain. Connaisant tres bien le passé del la région, il célébra ses traditions dans des poèmes et dans une ouvrage historique, Annals of Niagara (1896). Mais son intérêt pour les légendes canadiennes-francaises lui inspera
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
Commission des liues et monuments historique du Canada.
Government of Canada • Gouvernement du Canada
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music.
Location. 43° 15.297′ N, 79° 4.303′ W. Marker is in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in Regional Municipality of Niagara. Marker is on Queen Street 0 kilometers north of King Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26 Queen Street (lower level), Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Niagara on the Lake Historical District (a few steps from this marker); Niagara Apothecary (within shouting distance of this marker); Niagara Agricultural Society (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Town of Niagara (about 90 meters away); Niagara Historical Society (about 90 meters away); John Graves Simcoe (about 120 meters away); First Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada (about 150 meters away); Bicentennial of First Parliament (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
More about this marker. The marker is located to the right of the entrance to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce, which is located on the south (i.e. left) side of the former Niagara District Courthouse.
Also see . . . William Kirby. Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online's extended biography of William Kirby. (Submitted on August 26, 2010.)
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