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Monday, September 26, 2011

Random history lesson: Lansdowne Ave.

A couple of days ago, someone on Twitter asked who Lansdowne Ave. was named after. Here's the answer, from Toronto Street Names, page 131:

"Lansdowne Ave. was named in 1883 by the village council of Parkdale, in honour of the new Governor General of Canada: Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, the 5th Marquis of Lansdowne (1845-1927). Lansdowne performed his duties admirably from 1883 to 1888, during a tumultuous period in Canadian history. The Northwest Rebellion broke out and the Canadian pacific Railway was completed, despite the scandals that rocked the country. His distinguished political career also included Lord of the Treasury (1869-72) and Undersecretary for War (1872-74) in England, and Viceroy of India (1888-93)."