The 200 story nodes created in commemoration of the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial can be searched by more than twenty themes, through the pins on the interactive map and by date on the timeline. 

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Eliza Grimason. Source: Newland family private collection, reprinted in Lena Newman, The John A. Macdonald Album, Tundra Books, 1974.

Eliza Grimason


Of the several women in John A. Macdonald's life, Eliza Grimason stands out first as a client and later as a confidante and close friend.

Map of Wolfe Island showing the canal from the illustrated Atlas of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (1878). Source: The Canadian County Atlas Project, Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University Library.

Kingston Bypassed: Railways


Another challenge to Kingston’s lake/river transhipment function was a new technology: rail.

Harriet Dobbs Cartwright. Source: Queen's University Archives.

Harriet Dobbs Cartwright


Harriet Dobbs Cartwright came to Kingston from Ireland in 1833 with her new husband, Robert David Cartwright.

"Lillie Williams alias Harrington" from Arresting Images. Source: The OPP Museum.

Women and "Disorderly Conduct" in the First Capital


In a report by the Grand Jury on the state of the District Gaol (attached to the court house, King at Clarence), there are no less than 35 to 40 criminal prisoners, accommodated four to a cell in s

A Poem "To the Ladies of the Female Benevolent Hospital Kingston"

A Poem "To the Ladies of the Female Benevolent Hospital Kingston"

February 19, 1842

Poetry was a common feature of 19th-century newspapers and was often published anonymously or signed with initials only.

Statement of Marriage between John A. Macdonald and Isabella Clark. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

John A. Marries Isabella Clark

September 1, 1843

In the summer of 1843, John A.'s cousin, Isabella, arrived in Kingston from England. Before long, Macdonald was courting her.

St. George's Anglican Church - architectural drawing. Source: Queen's University Archives.

John Harvey and St. George's Church


John Harvey, a member of the Royal Artilliary was stationed in Kingston in the 1840s.  During this time he conducted bible classes at St.

City Hall Skating Rink. Source: Queen's University Archives.

Early Skating in Kingston

1850 - present day

Located on the lake side of City Hall, near the Market Battery, the City Hall Skating Rink provided winter outdoor activity for the community long before there was a Parks and Recreation department