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

  • [Plaque unveiled]
    “William Morris,” portrayed by Glenn Tunnock of Perth, helped unveil the plaque in his honour along with Queen’s Chancellor Jim Leech, Principal Daniel Woolf and Kingston Town Crier Chris Whyman. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
  • [Town Crier Chris Wyman]
    Kingston Town Crier Chris Whyman opens the plaque unveiling with a proclamation. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
  • [Mr. and Mrs. Morris with Duncan McDowall]
    “William Morris and Mrs. Morris,” portrayed by Glenn Tunnock and Linda Cuthbertson, speak with Queen’s University Historian Duncan McDowall before the plaque unveiling. (Photo by Bernard Clark).
  • [Principal Woolf speaks at event]
    Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf welcomes guests and explains the purpose of the plaque while “William Morris,” portrayed by Glenn Tunnock, and Kingston Town Crier Chris Whyman look on. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

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 on 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.