Posted 9 months ago
This is an issue of "The Dundas Courier" Newspaper - January 13, 1865
Morrisburg, County of Dundas, Canada West - Volume II No. 46
Devoted to Agriculture, Commerce, Politics, and General Literature
4 pages in total - I have two of these original issues. The Dundas Courier was issued from 1863 to about 1889 or 1899 (they are not certain). The successor is now called "The Morrisburg Leader" today.
The town of Dundas was named by John Graves Simcoe, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, for his friend Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, a Scottish lawyer and politician who never visited North America. Prior to being called "Dundas" the town was called Coote’s Paradise, and renamed after 1814 to Dundas. Dundas was then incorporated in 1847 as part of Wentworth County.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Dundas enjoyed considerable economic prosperity through its access to Lake Ontario via the Desjardins Canal, and was an important town in Upper Canada and Canada West. It was later surpassed as the economic powerhouse of the area by Hamilton, but for decades it led in importance. A number of Ontario cities (including Toronto) retain streets named Dundas Street, which serve as evidence of its onetime importance. Dundas was once the terminus of Toronto's Dundas Street (also known as Highway 5), one of the earliest routes used by Ontario's first settlers.
Current population is around 24,000 - I have been trying to reach the Dundas Historical Museum to donate one of these copies.