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Agnes Maule Machar (1837-1927)


Photos by contributor Colin Old - Posted December 2018


Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Town of Gananoque
In Bluff Park at the end of Windsor Drive

Coordinates: N 44 19.380 W 76 10.332


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Plaque Text

Agnes Maule Machar was an influential social commentator in Victorian Canada. She was a leading proponent of Christian social reform and Canadian nationalism, infused with imperial sentiment, which she promoted in poems, biographies, historical works, and didactic novels that were reflective of her times. In prominent late-19th-century periodicals, she debated intellectual leaders in insightful essays on a wide range of topics, arguing for temperance, labour reform, and women's rights, including their access to higher education. This park was part of Ferncliff, the cottage where she summered and found inspiration.



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