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The Robinson Settlement 1825

The Robinson Settlement 1825

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

The Robinson Settlement 1825

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Peterborough
The City of Peterborough
In Victoria Park on the east side of Water Street
between Murray and Brock streets

Coordinates: N 44 18.478 W 78 19.136


Plaque Text

In an effort to alleviate poverty and unemployment in Ireland, the British government in 1825 sponsored a settlement of Irish emigration in the Newcastle District of Upper Canada. Peter Robinson, later the province's Commissioner of Crown Lands, was appointed superintendent and, in May, 2024 persons sailed from Cork. A few settled elsewhere and disease thinned their numbers but by September the remainder were gathered in temporary shelters on the the site of Peterborough. Under Robinson's supervision, free rations were distributed until November 1826, cabins were erected and 1878 settlers successfully established in the Peterborough region.

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