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Blockhouse Island

Blockhouse Island

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Blockhouse Island

Photo from Google Street View ©2015 Google - Posted February, 2015

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The City of Brockville
On the east side of Blockhouse Island Parkway
south of Water Street, 1 block south of King Street


Coordinates: N 44 35.288 W 75 40.856

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Plaque Text

On this island, formerly known as Hospital Island, stood the sheds erected to house emigrants who were victims of cholera in the great epidemic of 1832. Many persons died here, including Doctor Robert Gilmour a native of Scotland and president of the first Board of Health in Upper Canada, who was stricken while attending the sick. During the Rebellion of 1837-38, a blockhouse was erected here for the defence of Brockville. It was destroyed by fire in 1860.

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