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John Kinder Labatt 1803-1866

John Kinder Labatt

Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009

John Kinder Labatt

Plaque Location

The County of Middlesex
The City of London
Outside the reception area of the brewery
on the south side of Simcoe Street
just west of Richmond Street

Coordinates: N 42 58.650 W 81 14.857


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Plaque Text

Born in Ireland, John Kinder Labatt came to Canada in 1834 and began farming near London. In 1847 he acquired an interest in the London brewery of Samuel Eccles, which had been established by John Balkwill in 1827-28. On Eccles' retirement in 1854, Labatt became the sole owner of the brewery which, under his son and grandson, became one of Canada's largest. John Labatt was also active in the establishment of London's early financial institutions and a promoter of local road and rail transportation.

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