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Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada (North America)

William Kirby


William Kirby Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 21, 2010
1. William Kirby Marker
In English:
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.

in French:
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
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son oevre le plus connue, Le Chien d’Or. Ce roman le rendit célèbre et, en 1882, il fut nommé membre de la Société Royale du Canada.

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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
Location. 43° 15.297′ N, 79° 4.303′ W. Marker is in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in Niagara Region. 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 ON L0S 1J0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Niagara District Court House / Le palais de justice du district de Niagara (here, next to 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
William Kirby Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 21, 2010
2. William Kirby Marker - Wide View
(about 120 meters away); First Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada (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.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 1,301 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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