Ontario's Historical Plaques 

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John Galt 1779-1839

John Galt 1779-1839

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

John Galt 1779-1839

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Wellington
The City of Guelph
In a parkette on the northeast corner of
Macdonell Street and Woolwich Street

Coordinates: N 43 32.834 W 80 14.659


Plaque Text

Guelph was founded on April 23, 1827, by the Scottish author and colonizer, John Galt, first superintendent of the Canada Company. That body, composed of a group of British speculators, purchased land throughout Upper Canada, including the Huron Tract which embraced most of the unsurveyed lands between Guelph and the site of Goderich. Galt was conscientious and hard working and showed considerable humanity in his dealings with the company's pioneer settlers. However, the large expenditures involved and the limited profits earned during his term of office led to his discharge and return to England in 1829.

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The La Guayra Settlers



Guelph Plaques

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