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Surreal calm 1870.jpg
Surreal calm 1870.jpg
 
  4 Nov 2019
pumping water.jpg
pumping water.jpg
 
  4 Nov 2019
Fire engine 1869.jpg
Fire engine 1869.jpg
 
  4 Nov 2019
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  4 Nov 2019

Family Stories

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Great Fire of ‘69
Great Fire of ‘69
At six o’clock on Tuesday, October 26, 1869 – just as William Gooderham and his family were sitting down for dinner (or “tea”) – a small cask of benzene caught fire and exploded in the fermenting cellar of his 1860 Stone Distillery, precipitating a night of high drama by the Lake.

Sally Gibson, The Distillery Archivist tells this tale... 
  4 Nov 2019
1864 A Run on the Bank of Toronto
1864 A Run on the Bank of Toronto
A Story by J.W. L. Forster, a painter who painted William Gooderham Sr and Jr and William George Gooderham. The story is based on a tale told by William Sr as he sat for the portrait. 
  4 Nov 2019