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Mackenzie Deportees at World’s End

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“The two British colonial domains of Australia and Upper Canada were a world away in 1837. Yet a tragic link between them was forged by the brief Mackenzie Rebellion sparked by an initial gun-battle in the town of York (now Toronto) between rebel settlers and a corrupt local political regime. The uprising ended tragically for 100 Canadian British, and American rebels who were transported as convicts to the far-off prison camps of Van Diemensland, Australia.”  By Sidney Allinson published on Pinterest

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What happened to the rebels who were captured in the year after the 1837 Mackenzie Rebellion, especially those who were transported to Tasmania? Dr. John Carter has travelled there nine times researching their destiny. He will be sharing his findings with the Tecumseth and West Gwillimbury Historical Society on Monday, April 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the Tec We Gwill Hall, Newton Robinson. Visitors welcome. For more information, phone 905-775-7144.

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