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The Masseys at Newcastle

The Masseys at Newcastle

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

The Masseys at Newcastle

Photo from Google Street View ©2013 Google - Posted November, 2013

Plaque Location

The Region of Durham
The Municipality of Clarington
In Newcastle, on the southeast corner of
Beaver Street South and King Avenue East (Road 2)

Coordinates: N 43 55.066 W 78 35.227


Plaque Text

One of the world's largest manufacturers of heavy farm machinery, Massey-Ferguson has its foundations in a modest family business developed in Newcastle. Established in Bond Head by Daniel Massey, the fledgling operation was moved to large quarters here in 1849. For 30 years the Newcastle Foundry and Machinery Manufactory prospered under the shrewd management of three generations of enterprising Masseys. Capitalizing on the expanding wheat market, Hart, Daniel's son, skilfully adapted American-designed implements to suit Canadian agrarian conditions. When sales were secured in Europe, marking Canada's first export of machinery overseas, continued expansion of the firm was ensured. By 1879 the operation had outgrown its Newcastle factories and the Massey Manufacturing Company, now managed by Hart's son Charles, moved to larger facilities in Toronto.



Related Ontario plaque
Hart Almerrin Massey (1823-1896)

Related Toronto plaque
Massey-Harris Company

Other Plaques in Newcastle
Joseph E. Atkinson 1865-1948
Bishop Charles Henry Brent 1862-1929

Clarington Plaques

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