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William Kirby 1817-1906

William Kirby

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2009

William Kirby William Kirby

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
On the south side of Queen Street
between King and Regent streets
on the outside southeast wall of the Courthouse
near the rear parking lot


Coordinates: N 43 15.288 W 79 04.313

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Plaque Text

Born in England, Kirby came to Canada in 1839 and began work as a tanner in the vicinity of Niagara-on-the-Lake. There he developed his literary talents and soon after moving into the town in 1848 embarked on a long and prolific career as a journalist and writer. Keenly aware of the region's past, he celebrated its traditions in poetry and a history, Annals of Niagara (1896), but it was his interest in French Canadian legends which inspired his most famous work The Golden Dog (1877). The novel made him a national figure and in 1882 he became an original Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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