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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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.

Kingston Mechanic's Institution

Kingston Mechanics' Institution


In 1840, the Kingston Mechanic's Institute was six years old and the struggle to find stability came to an end.

Sand Lake, Rideau Canal looking down, 34 miles from Kingston, Ontario circa 1854. Source:  Library and Archives Canada.

Kingston's Backcountry


Kingston’s hinterland is dominated by the Frontenac Axis of the Pre-Cambrian Canadian Shield consisting of outcrops of igneous and metamorphic rocks, swamps and forests.

John A. Joins the Local Militia


As an able male, Macdonald is required to join the local militia. They train on the Cricket Field, just south of the present-day Frontenac County Court House, a few days each summer.

Sir John A. and Queen's University

December 18 1839 - October 16, 1841

On Dec. 18, 1839, the day after the bill was introduced to the Legislature for the establishment of a Presbyterian college to train ministers, a meeting was held in St.

Students with home-built car, Queen's University, Kingston, ON circa 1916 by Clifford M. Johnston. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Queen's University

October 16, 1841 - present day

Sir John A. Macdonald attended and participated in the earliest Kingston meetings that led to the establishment of what is now Queen's University.

Sir John A. and Kingston General Hospital

May 30, 1849

As Kingston grew, so did the need for medical care. In May 1846, Macdonald presented a memorandum to the Governor General requesting the establishment of a hospital and £300 was awarded.