175th anniversary: Queen’s, Perth celebrate founding father

This article originally appeared in the Online Gazette on Sunday, Nov 6, 2016.

Two anniversaries came together on campus Saturday afternoon to celebrate a shared founding father.

Queen’s University unveiled a plaque in honour of William Morris, a leading force in the founding of Queen’s College in 1840. He also worked to secure the institution’s royal charter in 1841 and served as the first chair of Queen’s Board of Trustees from 1840-42. The plaque is fittingly placed outside the main entrance to the Morris Hall student residence.

In May, the Town of Perth dedicated a similar plaque to honour William Morris, who helped establish the Perth Military Settlement in 1816. The plaque project is a joint initiative of the Friends of Queen’s/Perth Anniversaries, commemorating the university’s 175th anniversary and the town’s 200th anniversary.

Representatives from both anniversary committees attended the event on Saturday, as did other dignitaries, including Queen’s Chancellor Jim Leech and Principal Daniel Woolf.