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Robert McLaughlin 1836-1921

Robert McLaughlin 1836-1921

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

Robert McLaughlin 1836-1921 Robert McLaughlin 1836-1921 Robert McLaughlin 1836-1921

Photo Source - Wikipedia Commons

Robert McLaughlin 1836-1921

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The Region of Durham
The Municipality of Clarington
In a glass display case on the
north side of Concession Road 7
between Liberty Street North (Road 14) and Middle Road

Coordinates: N 44 00.376 W 78 43.773


Plaque Text

Robert McLaughlin, a pioneer of the Canadian vehicle industry, was born in the family homestead on this property. In 1867, despite lack of technical training, he built two cutters in his driving-shed which stood near this site. His business prospered and in 1869 he established the McLaughlin Carriage Works at Enniskillen. This enterprise, which expanded rapidly, was moved in 1877 to Oshawa where it became the largest carriage-works in the British Empire. In 1907 the McLaughlin Motor Car Company was formed and the following year began to assemble some of the earliest automobiles produced in Canada. The combined companies became General Motors of Canada in 1918.

Related Ontario plaque
Robert Samuel McLaughlin (1871-1972)



Clarington Plaques

Oshawa Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted July 31, 2012
The sad thing is that his brother George McLaughlin was more of the philanthropist but his memory is whitewashed from history.

> Posted May 17, 2010
He was such a great person!

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