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David Boyle 1842-1911

David Boyle 1842-1911

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2011

David Boyle 1842-1911

Plaque Location

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

Coordinates: N 43 41.030 W 80 25.875


Plaque Text

Born in Scotland, Boyle came to Canada in 1856 and settled in this area. As a local school teacher, he began an extensive collection of native artifacts and became an archaeological authority. Boyle moved to Toronto in 1883 and three years later was appointed the first Curator of the Provincial Archaeological Museum, then housed in the Canadian Institute Building. Dedicated to the study and retention of artifacts within Ontario, he initiated an active program of excavation and acquisition. Between 1887-1907, Boyle edited a noted series, the Annual Archaeological Reports, published under the auspices of the Ontario Department of Education. Through his work on Ontario prehistory, Boyle gained international recognition as a leading Canadian archaeologist and anthropologist.

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Other Plaques in Elora
Elora Drill Shed
Charles Clarke 1826-1909
The Founder of Elora

Centre Wellington Plaques

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> Posted September 16, 2011
David Boyle is also well known for his work on the History of Scarborough (1796-1896) which he edited...published by William Briggs.

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