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The Founder of Elora

The Founder of Elora

Photo by contributor David Brown - Posted June, 2004

The Founder of Elora

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Wellington
The Township of Centre Wellington
In Elora, on the southwest corner of
Geddes Street and Colborne Street


Coordinates: N 43 41.004 W 80 25.838

Map

Plaque Text

Captain William Gilkison (1777-1833) was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and emigrated to North America in 1796. He served with the British forces in the War of 1812 as an assistant quartermaster-general, and in 1832 purchased some 5660 ha acres of land in Nichol Township. He selected this area at the falls of the Grand River as a town site for his proposed settlement and named it Elora. It was laid out by Lewis Burwell, deputy provincial land surveyor, late in 1832, and the following year Gilkison established a sawmill and a general store. The founder of Elora died in April 1833, before the full results of his foresight and enterprise were achieved.

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Elora Drill Shed
Charles Clarke 1826-1909
David Boyle 1842-1911

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Centre Wellington Plaques




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