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Alexander Bain 1810 - 1877. Inventor of the fax machine has his workshop here.

21 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Botanical Society of Edinburgh was founded at 15 Dundas Street on 8th February 1836.

15 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

In this house Sir William Allan P.R.S.A. lived 1840 - 1850.

72 Great King Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Sir Darcy Thompson. Scholar, naturalist. Was born here 1860.

5 Brandon Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Felix Yaniewicz. Polish composer & musician. Co-founder of first Edinburgh Festival. Lived & died here 1823 - 48.

84 Great King Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This plaque was unveiled by Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales to commemorate the opening of Lorne House 6 June 1989

126-128 Lower Clapton Road, Clapton, London, United Kingdom

Canada’s first postage stamp issued April 23 1851 was designed on this site by Sir Sandford Fleming.

110 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

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Glenn Gould (1932-1982). Recognized internationally as one of the great classical musicians of the 20th century, this pianist of prodigious talent and originality is best known for his masterful renditions of the counterpoint of J.S. Bach. Retiring from the concert stage at the young age of 32, he exploited new sound technologies to their fullest and left a rich musical heritage in his many recordings. A visionary thinker and author, who foresaw the profound impact of technology on culture and society, he also pursued a remarkably diverse career in radio and television. Long after his premature death, Gould continues to challenge and inspire. / Reconnu mondialement comme l’un des grands musiciens classiques du XXe siècle, ce pianiste à l’originalité et au talent prodigieux s’est distingué par ses interprétations magistrales du contrepoint de J.-S. Bach. Dès 32 ans, il a quitté la scène pour se consacrer aux nouvelles technologies sonores, créant par ses nombreux enregistrements un riche legs musical. Ce penseur et auteur visionnaire, qui anticipait le profond impact des technologies sur la culture et la société, a poursuivi aussi une carrière diversifiée à la radio et à la télévision. Même après sa mort prématurée, Gould continue d’inspirer et de susciter des explorations.

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250 Front Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

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The Royal York Hotel / L’Hôtel Royal York. Built on the site of the Queen's Hotel by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1928-29, the Royal York Hotel was part of its coast-to-coast chain of grand hotels. The skyscraper hotel, designed by Montreal architects Ross and Macdonald in association with Sproatt and Rolph of Toronto, was the largest hotel in the British Commonwealth and dramatically altered the Toronto skyline. Inside, attractive rooms - from the classicism of the 1928-29 interior to the 1957-59 extension decorated in Canadian themes - have provided the setting for conventions, entertainers, cocktails, teas, debutante balls and royal visits. Together with Union Station to the south and the Dominion Public Building to the southeast, the Royal York Hotel has created one of the finest streetscapes in the provincial capital. / Construit sur le site de l’hôtel Queen’s par le Canadien Pacifique en 1928-1929, l’hôtel Royal York faisait partie de la chaîne d’hôtels de luxe transcontinentale de la société ferroviaire. L’hôtel en forme de gratte-ciel, fruit de la collaboration des architectes montréalais Ross et Macdonald et des architectes torontois Sproatt et Rolph, était le plus grand hôtel du Commonwealth britannique; sa construction a changé radicalement la ligne d’horizon de Toronto. À l’intérieur, les pièces originales, aménagées dans le style classique en vogue à l’époque, ainsi que les salles de l’aile construite entre 1957 et 1959 aux motifs canadiens, ont servi de cadre à maints congrès, spectacles, cocktails, thés, bals des débutantes et visites royales. Le panorama de rue créé par l’hôtel Royal York, la gare Union, au sud, et l’édifice public Dominion, au sud-est, est l’un des plus beaux de la capitale provinciale.

100 Front Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

The Royal York Hotel. This hotel stands on town lots granted in 1798 to William Dummer Powell, who built a log house on the site in 1812. Brick houses built here in 1844 by Captain Thomas Dick later became Sword's Hotel. Re-named the Queen's Hotel in 1862, it was enlarged several times before being demolished in 1927. The lot at York and Front Streets was used by a travelling circus, and, in the 1880s was the site of Alderman Harry Piper's zoo. The Royal York, opened on 11 June 1929, was the largest hotel in the British Empire and dominated the Toronto skyline for almost half a century, it was designed by the firm of Ross, Patterson, Townsend & Fish, who also added the east wing in 1959. The hotel provided Toronto's first major convention centre and has played an important role in the social life of the city. During its fifty years the Royal York has upheld the finest traditions of a grand hotel and remains the largest in the Commonwealth.

100 Front Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

Sir John Harvey 1778 - 1852. From these heights, Lieutenant-Colonel John Harvey set out with about 700 men on the night of June 5, 1813, to launch a surprise attack on an invading United States force of some 3,000 men camped at Stoney Creek. His rout of the troops commanded by Brigadier-General John Chandler under cover of darkness in the early hours of June 6, is generally credited with saving Upper Canada from being overrun by the enemy. Harvey was knighted in 1824, served as Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, 1834-41, Governor of Newfoundland, 1841-46, and Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, 1846-51.

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Sir Allan Napier MacNab 1798 - 1862. Politician, businessman, land speculator and soldier, Allan MacNab enjoyed a very public life. He was a successful lawyer and was appointed Upper Canada's first Queen's Counsel. In 1838 he was knighted for his role in suppressing the rebellion in Upper Canada. The profits from his extensive land speculation were fed into a variety of projects, including construction of his monument, Dundurn. He was influential in establishing the Gore Bank and in promoting the Great Western Railway. During a political career spanning three decades, he was three times Speaker and, from 1854 to 1856, Premier. / Homme politique, homme d’affaires, spéculateur foncier, officier militaire et avocat, Allan MacNab eut une longue vie publique. Premier conseiller de la reine au Haut-Canada, il fut créé chevalier en 1838, en récompense de son rôle répressif lors de la Rébellion. Il contribua à l’établissement de la Gore Bank et du Great Western Railway. Il investit les profits de ses spéculations dans divers projets dont la construction de ce château, Dundurn, qui devait prolonger sa mémoire. Au cours de ses quelque 30 ans de carrière politique, il fut président de la Chambre à trois reprises et premier ministre de 1854 à 1856.

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Dundurn Castle / Le Château Dundurn. This villa was completed in 1835 for Allan Napier MacNab. Incorporating an existing farmhouse, it was designed by the local architect, Robert Wetherell, as a statement of its owner's place in Hamilton society. The house features an eclectic blend of classical and Italianate motifs, French windows, broad verandahs and a panoramic view of Burlington Bay. With its outbuildings and grounds, Dundurn Castle stands as an important example of the Picturesque Movement in Canada. After years in private hands, the property was purchased by the city and from 1964 to 1967 restored to its former splendour. / Achevée en 1835, cette villa fut construite pour Allan Napier MacNab. Pour son concepteur, Robert Wetherell, elle devait témoigner du statut social de son propriétaire. Incorporant une ancienne maison de ferme, elle affiche un amalgame éclectique de lignes classiques et de motifs à l’italienne, des portes fenêtres, de grandes vérandas, et offre une vue splendide sur la baie. Avec des dépendances et ses parcs, elle constitue un important exemple du style pittoresque au Canada. Residence privée pendant de nombreuses années, elle a été achetée par la ville de Hamilton, qui l’a restaurée de 1964 à 1967.

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, Canada

“Dundas Mills”. By 1799 the Morden family had a sawmill near this site on Spencer Creek north of Dundas Street. They sold this property in 1800 to Edward Peer who built a grist-mill about 300 yards south-east, close to Dundas Street, and adopted the name "Dundas Mills". Peer sold the property in 1804 to Richard and Samuel Hatt and a partner, but by 1807 Richard had become sole owner. Then or slightly earlier, Richard Hatt built north-west of Peer's grist-mill the tall, stone flour mill which stood near this site until 1968. The other mills were destroyed long before. The community of "Dundas Mills" became part of the town of Dundas in 1847.

Corner of Ogilvie Street and Governors Road, Dundas, ON, Canada

The Dundas Town Hall. Dundas was incorporated as a town in 1847 by a special Act of the legislature of the Province of Canada. The following year the town council accepted a tender from a local builder, James Scott, to erect a stone town hall and voted £2000 to cover the cost. Designed in a version of Roman Classic, by Francis Hawkins of Dundas, the building was completed by July, 1849, and was said to have cost £2500. Except for a small Italianate wing added later, the exterior has been little altered, although a thorough renovation was carried out in 1946. It is one of the most handsome, pre-1850, municipal buildings surviving in Ontario.

60 Main Street, Dundas, ON, Canada

Louisa Fenell [full inscription unknown]

21 St John's Square, Wakefield, United Kingdom

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Elizabeth Moxon's influential cookbook known as 'English Housewifery' and first published in 1741 was sold by the author near this place

Finkle Street, Pontefract, United Kingdom

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Sir Alec Rose [full inscription unknown]

Osbourne Road, Southsea, United Kingdom

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HMCS Haida / NCSM Haida. HMCS Haida is the last of the Tribal Class destroyers which saw heavy action with the Australian, British and Canadian navies during World War II. Built for the Royal Canadian Navy at Newcastle, England, in 1942, this ship served on the frigid Murmansk run and in clearing the English Channel for the Normandy invasion. She helped sink 14 enemy vessels. Haida was recommissioned in 1952 and served two tours of duty with the United Nations in Korea, taking part in shore bombardment, blockades and attacks on trains. / Le NCSM Haida est le dernier des destroyers de la classe Tribal qui participèrent à des combats importants aux côtés des marines australienne, britannique et canadienne pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Construit pour la marine canadienne à Newcastle (Angleterre), en 1942, il a escorté des convois vers Mourmansk, participé aux préparatifs d’invasion de la Normandie dans la Manche et aidé à couler 14 navires ennemis. Remis en service en 1952, il a pris part à des opérations de tir côtier, de blocus et d’attaque de trains à l’appui des forces des Nations Unies en Corée.

Pier 9, 658 Catharine Street North, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Whitehern. Set in a rare walled garden and enriched by its interior decoration, Whitehern is a remarkably intact example of mid-19th century residential architecture. The lingering influence of the Palladian style combined with Neoclassical motifs is seen most clearly in the symmetrical facade with its central frontispiece capped by a pediment, and in the sturdy yet graceful entrance porch supported by Ionic columns. Constructed about 1850, this house built of locally quarried stone reflected the affluence and status of the new business and professional elites emerging in pre-Confederation Canada. / Entourée d’un exceptionnel jardin muré, Whitehern offre un exemple remarquablement intact d’habitation du milieu du XIXe siècle. L’empreinte du style palladien, auquel s’allient des motifs néo-classiques, est particulièrement manifeste dans la façade symétrique, dont le frontispice central est couronné d’un fronton, et dans le porche à la fois solide et élégant qui s’appuie sur des colonnes ioniques. Construite vers 1850, cette maison de pierre locale, avec son riche décor intérieur, témoigne de l’opulence et du statut des élites commerçante et professionnelle qui se formaient au Canada peu avant la Confédération.

41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton, ON, Canada