PO Box 523, Station B,
Ottawa, ON, K1P 5P6

PO Box 523, Station B, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5P6


Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Thomas Mackay & The Making of Ottawa

Evening Series
Mackay & Colonel By at the Ottawa Locks 1827. LAC-073703 C.W. Jeffereys.

Guest Speakers

Alastair Sweeny, Author "Thomas Mackay, The Laird of Rideau Hall and the Founding of Ottawa"


How did Bytown begin? And how did this backwoods lumber town, within just a few short decades, miraculously emerge as the capital of the nation? What was Thomas Mackay's integral role in all of this?

The Rideau Canal, Rideau Hall, New Edinburgh, Ottawa's first railway, and our choice as Canada's capital — all irrefutably bear the stamp of this key founder of our city. Alastair Sweeny traces the inseparable stories of Thomas Mackay and that of our city's beginnings.

View the full presentation on the YouTube channel of the Historical Society of Ottawa.

Date and Time

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
7:00 pm


Online via Zoom

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