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Dr. James Sampson Becomes Mayor of Kingston

Dr. James Sampson Becomes Mayor of Kingston

1789-1861

Born in Ireland and educated in medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, James Sampson was a surgeon and educator dedicated to public welfare in Kingston.

Smallpox circa 1909. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

19th Century Diseases

1801-1900

Life is anything but easy for John A., his family and any resident of Kingston (or anywhere else) in the 19th century when it comes to health.

Map of Wolfe Island showing the canal from the illustrated Atlas of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (1878). Source: The Canadian County Atlas Project, Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University Library.

Kingston Bypassed: Railways

1830-1892

Another challenge to Kingston’s lake/river transhipment function was a new technology: rail.

Unveiling of memorial cross commemorating the Irish immigrants who died of cholera in 1849 in 1909. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Kingston's Cholera Epidemic

1831-1854

From 1831 to 1854, five major cholera epidemics were responsible for the deaths of nearly 10 per cent of Kingston’s inhabitants.

Political Tensions and the Cholera Epidemic

Political Tensions and the Cholera Epidemic

1831-1854

As the cholera epidemic grew, and Kingston’s best and brightest continued to fall victim, panic and political tensions flared.

Regiopolis College

Regiopolis College

1839

Bishop Alexander Macdonell laid the cornerstone for Regiopolis, originally meant to be a seminary to train priests, in June 1839.

Fire insurance map of Kingston circa 1911. On this map the Stuartsville of the 1840s is contained within lots 17, 20 and 21, now near the heart of Queen's University campus. The centre of Picardville is lot 11 notable for the mention of Frontenac Park, now McBurney Park (locally referred to as Skeleton Park), but was in the 1840s still the Upper Burial Ground. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Kingston's Slums

1840-1850

Kingston had two slum neighbourhoods in the 1840s: Stuartsville west of Barrie Street, and Picardville between Princess Street and Raglan Road.

The Great Kingston Conflagration

The Great Kingston Conflagration

April 17, 1840

As American Steamer, the Telegraph, attempts to leave Coupler’s Wharf, sparks fly from its flume and ignite the largest fire in the history of Kingston.

After the Great Conflagration

After the Great Conflagration

1840-1847

The Great Conflagration was the largest fire in Kingston to date and marked a turning point in the development of fire prevention.

Rockwood House

Rockwood House

1841

This Palladian villa is of national significance in the history of Canadian architecture.

A Poem "To the Ladies of the Female Benevolent Hospital Kingston"

A Poem "To the Ladies of the Female Benevolent Hospital Kingston"

February 19, 1842

Poetry was a common feature of 19th-century newspapers and was often published anonymously or signed with initials only.

Sir John A. and Kingston General Hospital

May 30, 1849

As Kingston grew, so did the need for medical care. In May 1846, Macdonald presented a memorandum to the Governor General requesting the establishment of a hospital and £300 was awarded.

Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph's caring for typhus victims, Kingston waterfront, 1847. Artist unknown. Source: St. Joseph Region Archives of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph, Kingston K-135.

The 1847 Typhus Epidemic

1847

In 1847, Kingston harboured thousands of Irish emigrants fleeing the Great Famine.

City of Kingston Water Works

City of Kingston Water Works

1851-present day

Built in 1851, the City of Kingston Water Works, affectionately known as the Pump House, was Kingston’s first water-pumping station.

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