Austin in Memphrémagog, Quebec — Central Canada (French-Canadian)
Reginald Aubrey Fessenden
1866 - 1932
A pioneer in the field of radio communication, Fessenden was born in East Bolton Township. He left Canada in 1884 and, while a school principal in Bermuda, became a self-taught expert on telecommunication theory. This expertise led to research appointments in the United States where he made a number of important discoveries including one to facilitate the audible reception of radio waves. After 1912 he concentrated on problems concerning marine navigation, inventing the fathometer (a sonic depth finder) and, during the First World War, an instrument for detecting submarines.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Education • War, World I • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
Location. 45° 11.035′ N, 72° 16.81′ W. Marker is in Austin, Quebec, in Memphrémagog. Marker is at the intersection of Chemin Nicholas-Austin and Chemin Fisher, on the right when traveling east on Chemin Nicholas-Austin. One mile south of the marker is the Saint Benedict's Abbey (Abbaye de Saint-Benoit-du-Lac), renowned for a tranquil setting. The monks of the abbey are makers of fine cheeses and apple cider from their apple orchards. The cathedral's organ is most impressive, weighing over eight (8) tons and composed of 2,692 wind pipes. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4 Chemin Fisher, Austin, Quebec J0B 1B0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 26 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Former Bolton Township Hall (approx. 6.3 kilometers away); Vermont (approx. 24.5 kilometers away in the U.S.); Haskell Free Library and Opera House (approx. 24.5 kilometers away in the U.S.).
Also see . . .
1. Reginald Fessenden - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 4, 2011, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
2. Reginald Fessenden - The Canadian Encyclopedia. The first "wireless" (radio) broadcast was sent by Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden in 1906 (Submitted on April 20, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
3. National Historic Person - Reginald Aubrey Fessenden. (Submitted on July 30, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2011, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 766 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on June 18, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2011, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.