October 4th in history

It was a fine autumnal morning (October 4th) when I put my equipage in motion from Queenston towards York, accompanied by a friend and a favourite pointer.

Map from Travels in Canada and the United States in 1816 and 1817, 1818

The diary of traveller Lieutenant Francis Hall as he travelled from Queenston (near Niagara-on-the-Lake) to York, published in 1818. This British army officer had served in some of the bloodiest fighting of the Napoleonic Wars with in the 14th Light Dragoons.

Officers of the 14th Light Dragoons
Hamilton Hotel, Queenston (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario), painted in 1913 by Owen Staples
Twelve Mile Creek (St. Catharines, Ontario) painted 1913
American Woodcock, 1835, by John James Audubon
Forty Mile Creek later became Grimsby, Ontario, postcard from 1910
Stoney Creek, photo, 1933
The Bay, Hamilton
Humber River, looking south to Lake Ontario. Toronto, Ont., by William Arthur Johnson, 1867
Credit River, 1796, by Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe
LAKESHORE Boulevard West, looking west across Humber River, showing Charles Nurse’s hotel, south side Lakeshore Boulevard West, west side Humber River, 1891
Near Toronto (Swansea) by Mary Collenya Russell Morgan
Looking north from near Lighthouse, Centre Island as it was in 1817 by William Armstrong
Looking south towards Gibraltar Point, showing firing of salute, 1793 by Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe

Published by Leslieville Historical Society

Welcome to the Leslieville Historical Society's website. Please feel free to join us, to ask questions, to attend walking tours and other events, and to celebrate Leslieville's past while creating our future. Guy Anderson, President, Leslieville Historical Society and Joanne Doucette, local historian and webmaster.

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