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Jean McKishnie Blewett 1862-1934

Jean McKishnie Blewett

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009

Jean McKishnie Blewett

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Plaque Location

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent
In Chatham, on the main floor inside the rear door of the
Chatham-Kent Public Library at the southwest corner of
Queen Street and Cross Street

Coordinates: N 42 24.184 W 82 11.168


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Plaque Text

Born at Scotia, Upper Canada, and educated at St. Thomas Collegiate Institute, Jean McKishnie was for many years a member of the staff of the Toronto Globe, continuing as an active journalist until 1925. Between 1897 and 1922 she published several volumes of poetry which was admired by her contemporaries "for the directness and simplicity of theme and form and for the occasional whimsical note". She died at Chatham, Ontario.


Other Plaques in Chatham
The Abolition Movement in British North America
Chatham Blockhouse 1794
David Mills 1831-1903
Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott 1837-1913
Emily Ferguson Murphy 1868-1933
John Brown's Convention 1858
Kent County Court House
Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893)
Mary Ann Shadd (Cary) (1823-1893)
Old St. Paul's Church & Christ Church
The Provincial Freeman

Chatham-Kent Plaques

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> Posted February 28, 2011
If McKishnie (Blewett) was born in 1862, as the plaque says, then she wasn't born in Upper Canada, as the plaque says she was. Upper Canada ceased to exist in 1841, when the Province of Canada was created, joining Upper and Lower Canada into a single new entity. To distinguish parts of the new province, the terms 'Canada West' and 'Canada East' were used. Although they were not politically separate, they were handy for describing areas of the province formerly known as Upper and Lower Canada, respectively. Items from this era (stoves, maps, etc.) often have "C.W." on them, for example. The Province of Canada lasted until Confederation in 1867, when it was divided into Ontario and Quebec. The upshot: McKishnie was born in Scotia, C.W. -Wayne

> Posted February 25, 2011
I wish I had known about this plaque. She was my father's great aunt. He would have loved to have seen it.

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