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Sir Sandford Fleming 1827-1915

Sir Sandford Fleming 1827-1915

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

Sir Sandford Fleming 1827-1915

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2010

Sir Sandford Fleming 1827-1915

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Plaque Location

The County of Peterborough
The City of Peterborough
On the east side of Fleming Park on Alymer Street North
between Brock Street and Hunter Street West

Coordinates: N 44 18.390 W 78 19.420


Plaque Text

Inventor of Standard Time and pioneer in world communications, Fleming was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, and trained in engineering and surveying before emigrating to Canada and settling in Peterborough in 1845. He soon moved to Toronto where in 1849 he assisted in the founding of the Canadian Institute and two years later designed the first Canadian postage stamp. He was the builder of the Intercolonial Railway and as chief engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway (1871-1887) conducted surveys of a transcontinental route. His proposal, presented to the Canadian Institute in 1879, outlining a world-wide uniform system for reckoning time and his advocacy of a cable route linking Canada and Australia earned Fleming universal recognition. He was knighted in 1897.

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Sir Sandford Fleming 1827-1915
Sir Sandford Fleming 1827-1915

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