A City in the Making: Progress, People and Perils in by Frederick H. Armstrong

By Frederick H. Armstrong

A urban within the Making examines certian of the occasions that happened within the 19th century Toronto, paying specific consciousness to those that carved a thriving city out of the frontier put up that used to be the city of York. (1989)

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Gibson ... some time ago — to my great surprise I found nearly all the levels altered an error of 13 feet commencing at or below Yonge St. 9 for his assistant. Roy accepted his resignation, and told him that he either had to redo the work himself, or get another man to do it at his own expense. In January 1835 with no further progress made, Roy was merely able to report to Newbigging that another six to eight days work would be necessary before any calculations would be done. It was the end of March before a report could be presented to the subscribers.

B. Robinson was writing to Newbigging from his home in Newmarket saying that he felt that the railway could be surveyed for £50. As their surveyor the committee chose Thomas Roy, a civil engineer and one of the most competent men in his field in the province. He was, however, a rather difficult person with whom to work, and on more than one occasion differed strongly with his employers. Nevertheless, his services were still much in demand, for while he was associated with the railway company he was also superintending the construction of Toronto's first sewer system and preparing recommendations for improvements to the harbour.

The focal position of Toronto in water transportation in the years that followed incorporation is well illustrated by the number of piers built in its harbour. The 1833 Directory showed only the government dock, two small piers and a third commercial wharf which was still under construction. By 1842, when James Cane engraved the Sir Charles Bagot Plan of the city, there 44 were no less than four new private wharfs. Nearly all of these, including the three main commercial piers, were in use by the time of the Rebellion.

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