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The Colonial Advocate

The Colonial Advocate

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

The Colonial Advocate

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted October, 2010

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
In Queenston, on Queenston Street at Clarence Street

Coordinates: N 43 09.739 W 79 03.204


Plaque Text

This influential journal of radical reform was first published on May 18, 1824, at Queenston, by William Lyon Mackenzie. A native of Scotland, Mackenzie had immigrated to Upper Canada in 1820 and three years later settled here and opened a general store. Within a year he had established a printing office in his home on this site, but in November, 1824, moved to York (Toronto). Because of Mackenzie's frequent attacks on the "Family Compact", supporters of this group raided The Colonial Advocate's offices and damaged the press on June 8, 1826. The courts awarded Mackenzie damages and he soon resumed publication. Mackenzie severed his connection with the paper, now called The Advocate, in 1834, and the last issue appeared that November.

Related Toronto plaques
William Lyon Mackenzie
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Other Plaques in Queenston
Fort Drummond
The Founding of Queenston
Laura Secord (1775-1868)
Major John Richardson 1796-1852
The Queenston Baptist Church

Niagara-on-the-Lake Plaques

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