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John Ross Robertson 1841-1918
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2004
Photo Source - Wikipedia
This Ontario Heritage Trust plaque in front of this home at 291 Sherbourne Street, just south of Gerrard Street East, tells us about its former owner:
Coordinates: 43.660517 -79.3718
Publisher and philanthropist, John Ross Robertson lived in this house, 1881-1918. He was born in Toronto and while at Upper Canada College he started The College Times, the first school newspaper in Canada. He became city editor of The Globe in 1865 and the following year, with James B. Cook, established The Daily Telegraph, published until 1872. Four years later Robertson founded The Evening Telegram which quickly became one of Toronto's leading newspapers. Financial success enabled him to make substantial contributions to the building and operation of the Hospital for Sick Children and to gratify his life-long interest in history. He assembled an invaluable historical and pictorial collection and published such notable works as "Landmarks of Toronto" and "History of Freemasonry in Canada".
> Posted April 17, 2017
I stopped by the house this weekend. I was sworn in as an O.P.P. Officer here in June 1964. Seeing the house brought back many memories. Thank you.
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