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Canadian Airmen Monument: Marker Panel 2 image, Touch for more information
By Grace C. Miller
Canadian Airmen Monument: Marker Panel 2
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — Canadian Airmen Monument
Panel 1: Per Arua Ad Astra In Memory of our Canadian Airmen who fought in the Skies to preserve freedom and order in the world. Panel 2: Canadian Airmen Awarded the Victoria Cross World War I: William . . . — Map (db m57901) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — Charles Trick Currelly 1876-1957
Born in Exeter, Huron County, this renowned archaeologist, teacher and administrator was educated locally and in Toronto. Completing his studies at Victoria College, he received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1898 and his M.A. in 1901. . . . — Map (db m83666) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — Charles William Jefferys1869 - 1951
{Marker Text in English:} Writer, artist, and illustrator of historical novels and textbooks, Charles Jefferys emigrated to Canada from England in 1879. After studying at the Toronto Art Students League, he joined the New York . . . — Map (db m37092) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — J. Tuzo Wilson
J. Tuzo Wilson (1908-1993) J. Tuzo Wilson, the world-renowned Canadian geophysicist, served as Director General of the Ontario Science Centre from 1974 to 1985. He was instrumental in developing the theory of Plate Tetonics in the 1960s. This . . . — Map (db m92272) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — Little NorwayLille Norge
[First Panel:] 9 April 1940 Norway was attacked by overwhelming forces. King Haakon VII, Crown Prince Olav and the government left Tromso 7 June for Great Britain in order to continue the fight for freedom in exile. Negotiations had started 2 . . . — Map (db m20989) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — Mary Ann Shadd Cary — 1823 – 1893
Mary Ann Shadd Cary was an anti-slavery activist, an advocate for the rights of women, and a pioneering woman newspaper editor and publisher. The daughter of a free African American shoemaker and abolitionist, Shadd began a life of teaching at age . . . — Map (db m57756) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — No. 2 (Centre) Blockhouse1813
The first structures built at Fort York during the War of 1812 where blockhouses to house the soldiers. Thick, square-timbered walls (covered with ‘weather boards’) offered protection from bullets, exploding shells and small-calibre artillery. . . . — Map (db m83745) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — Scarborough Bluffs
The layers of sand and clay exposed in these cliffs display a remarkable geological record of the last stages of the Great Ice Age. Unique in North America, they have attracted worldwide scientific interest. The first 46 metres of sediments contain . . . — Map (db m39366) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — Sir Daniel Wilson1816-1892
{in English:} A scholar of diverse interests and talents, Daniel Wilson was noted in Britain as the author and illustrator of studies of old Edinburgh and of Scottish prehistory. In 1853 he was appointed to the chair of history and . . . — Map (db m37010) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — South African War Memorial — ("2nd Boer War")
South face of pedestal: To the memory and in honour of the Canadians who died defending the Empire in the South African War, 1899-1902 South face of obelisk: Paarderberg Dreifontein Johannesburg Diamond Hill Belfast . . . — Map (db m57959) WM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — St. Andrew By-The-Lake
After the Toronto Island parish was established in 1875 Bishop Arthur Sweatman was the prime mover in the building of this Anglican church. Designed by Arthur R. Denison, architect, the Early English Gothic style frame church was opened at the . . . — Map (db m35520) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — The Battle of York 1813La Bataille de York de 1813
English: Loyal residents of York (Toronto) were encouraged by early British victories in the War of 1812, but in 1813, they experienced first-hand the hardships of war. On the morning of April 27th, an American fleet appeared offshore and . . . — Map (db m83668) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — The Bishop’s Palace 1818
On this site stood the "Bishop's Palace", residence of Bishop John Strachan (1778-1867), built in 1817-18 while he was the incumbent of St. James' Church. Born in Scotland, he came to Upper Canada in 1799 where he achieved prominence as an educator . . . — Map (db m83662) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — The Discovery of InsulinDecouverte De L'Insuline
{The marker has a both an English and French version. In English:} In one of the most important advances in modern medicine, a team of investigators isolated and purified insulin in a building which stood on this site. On May 17, 1921, . . . — Map (db m36194) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — The Lake Light
This lighthouse, one of the earliest on the Great Lakes, was completed in 1808 as an hexagonal tower 52 feet high, topped by a wooden cage with a fixed whale-oil lantern. In 1832 it was raised to 82 feet and later equipped with a revolving light. . . . — Map (db m40779) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — The Macdonald-Mowat House1872
Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, purchased this house in 1876 and lived here 1876-78. It was built in 1872 in the French Second Empire style by Nathaniel Dickey, a Toronto iron founder. Macdonald owned the property until 1886 . . . — Map (db m36978) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — The Royal Canadian Yacht Club
The province's first sailing association, the Toronto Boat Club, was formed in 1852 and two years later became the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Dedicated to the promotion of yachting and naval interests, it initiated competitions which stimulated . . . — Map (db m37067) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — The Royal York HotelL’hôtel Royal York
English: Built on the site of the Queen's Hotel by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1928-29, the Royal York Hotel was part of its coast-to-coast chain of grand hotels. The skyscraper hotel, designed by Montreal architects Ross and . . . — Map (db m83660) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — Toronto's first professional stadium: Sunlight Park 1886 - 1896
"Sunlight Park" was constructed in 1886 as the Toronto Baseball Grounds. The smell of baked potatoes and cigars greeted fans filing in to the park through an avenue of workers' cottages called "Baseball Place". The stands, four storeys high and . . . — Map (db m64502) HM
Ontario (Toronto County), Toronto — William Arthur Parks 1868-1936
The first Director of the Royal Ontario Museum of Palaeontology, Parks was born in Hamilton and educated at the University of Toronto, from which he received a Doctorate in 1900. Initially known as an expert on "stromatoporoids", a unique group of . . . — Map (db m83663) HM

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