Ontario History

A peer-reviewed scholarly journal published bi-annually.

About Ontario History

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Ontario History is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that is published bi-annually by the Ontario Historical Society. Ontario’s premier history journal, it discusses a wide variety of topics relating to our province’s past.

In 1899, the Ontario Historical Society (OHS) published the first issue of Ontario History, then titled Papers and Records. What began primarily as an effort to preserve important documentary sources has evolved over the past century to become today’s scholarly peer journal, publishing new research and scholarship on topics related to all aspects of Ontario’s diverse heritage. To read more about that evolution, click here.

Ontario History is indexed in the Canadian Periodical Index, Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life.

To order print copies for $25 plus 5% tax and postage, please email us at ohs@ontariohistoricalsociety.ca. Makes a great gift!

ISSN | Print: 0030-2953, Online: 2371-4654
Printer | Friesen’s Corporation

Editor, Ontario History
Dr. Tory Tronrud (foxlort@tbaytel.net)

Book Review Editor, Ontario History
Dr. Alison Norman

Editorial Advisory Committee
Jeanne Beck, Dundas
Carmela Patrias, St. Catharines
Ian Radforth, Toronto
Laurie Leclair, Toronto
Don Macleod, Toronto

Jan Noel, Toronto
Cynthia Comacchio, Waterloo
Brad E.S. Rudachyk, Barrie
Randall White, Toronto
Translator: Michael Zawada

The OHS acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

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Recent Issue Previews

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The Autumn 2021 issue includes five new peer-reviewed articles and 13 book reviews:

  • A Canadian Distinction of Note: London, Ontario’s Labatt Memorial Park, Baseball History’s Oldest, Continuously-Operating Baseball Precinct by Robert K. Barney and Riley Nowokowski (pp. 127-150)
  • “The Eternal Triangle of Barrie Moviedom”: Reproducing Metropolitan Cinema Competition in the Hinterland by Aaron E. Armstrong (pp. 151-166)
  • The Search for Major John Richardson’s Unknown Writings by David R. Beasley (pp. 167-194)
  • “Uncertain as to future fate”: 1837 Upper Canadian Rebels Incarcerated in “John Montgomery’s Room” in Toronto’s Jail in 1838 by Chris Raible (pp. 195-221)
  • Egerton Ryerson and the Mississauga, 1826 to 1856, an Appeal for Further Study by Donald B. Smith (pp. 222-243)
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The Spring 2021 issue includes five new peer-reviewed articles and eight book reviews:

  • The Penetanguishene Decision: To Be a Naval Yard or Not to Be by Thomas Malcomson (pp. 1-26)
  • “I’d give anything to come home”: The Farmerette Movement in Ontario during the First World War by Margaret Kechnie (pp. 27-40)
  • Turning the Light on: The Ontario Historical Society and Museum Governance by Robin Nelson (pp. 41-53)
  • Enemy Alien Internment in Ontario’s Northland by Bohdan S. Kordan (pp. 54-79)
  • Re-Connecting with a Historical Site: On Narrative and the Huron-Wendat Ancestral Village at York University, Toronto, Canada by L. Anders Sandberg, Jon Johnson, Rene Gualtieri, and Louis Lesage (pp. 80-105)
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The Autumn 2020 issue of Ontario History, a special issue on Environmental History, includes six new peer-reviewed articles and eight book reviews:

  • Editors’ Introduction by George Warecki and Thorold J. Tronrud (pp. 135-138)
  • Insecticides, Honey Bee Losses and Beekeeper Advocacy in Nineteenth-Century Ontario by Jennifer L. Bonnell (pp. 139-156)
  • “Who Killed Happy Valley?”: Air Pollution and the Birth of an Ontario Ghost Town, 1969-1974 by Scott Miller (pp. 157-177)
  • Diminished Returns: The Registered Trapline System in Northern Ontario by David M. Finch (pp. 178-190)
  • Naagan ge bezhig emkwaan: A Dish with One Spoon Reconsidered by Dean M. Jacobs and Victor P. Lytwyn (pp. 191-210)
  • The Smell of Air Pollution: Olfactory Senses and the Odour of Canadian Oil, 1858-1885 by Robert G. Armstrong (pp. 211-229)
  • “A Forestry Program that Cannot be Equalled in Canada”: Kimberly-Clark’s Extraordinary Silvicultural Project in Northern Ontario, 1928-1976 by Mark Kuhlberg (pp. 230–254)
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The Spring 2020 issue includes four new peer-reviewed articles and 12 book reviews:

  • In Search of George Scott: Jack of all Trades, Motion Picture Pioneer, World Explorer by Robert G. Clarke (pp. 1-25)
  • David William Smith: Surveyor as State-Builder by Christopher Alexander (pp. 26-56)
  • A Season of Unusual Depression: The Panic of 1857 and the Crisis of City Government in Toronto by Eric Jarvis (pp. 58-81)
  • The Missing and the Missed of Lanark County, Ontario: Great War Sacrifice and the Memorialization of Exclusion in “The Volunteer” Monument by Kelly Morrison (pp. 82-103)

The Autumn 2019 issue of Ontario History includes four new peer-reviewed articles and 11 book reviews:

  • The Murder of Captain William Francis: An Incident in the War of 1812 by Charles Garrad (pp. 127-151)
  • Recreation on Toronto Island, the Peoples’ Resort, 1793-1910 by David Bain (pp. 153-180)
  • “Some Heraldic Propriety of Composition”: Solving the Mystery of the Origin and History of the Armorial Achievement of the County of Wellington, Ontario by Jonathan S. Lofft (pp. 181-194)
  • The Cooperative Memorial & Removal Services vs. The Ontario Board of Funeral Services: How A Memorial Society Changed Ontario’s Funeral Industry by Eleanor Dolores Dickey (pp. 195-211)
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The Spring 2019 issue of Ontario History includes five new peer-reviewed articles and eleven book reviews:

  • Assembling Victory: Defense Industries Limited, Ajax, 1941-1945 by Lisa Tubb (pp. 1-18)
  • “Chief of this River”: Zhaawni-binesi and the Chenail Ecarté Lands by Rick Fehr, Janet Macbeth, and Summer Sands Macbeth (pp. 19-35)
  • British-Canada’s Land Purchases, 1783-1788: A Strategic Perspective by Gwen Reimer (pp. 36-72)
  • A Place Called Bowles’s: In Search of a Historic Site from the War of 1812 by Guy St-Denis (pp. 73-79)
  • Major John Richardson: Canadian Patriot and Literary Nationalist by Alan James Finlayson (pp. 80-95)

Autumn 2018 includes five new peer-reviewed articles and eleven book reviews:

  • Emerging from the Shadows: Recognizing John Norton by Alan James Finlayson (pp. 135-151)
  • Toronto’s Cartographic Birth Certificate: Hiding in Plain Sight for 350 Years by Rick Laprairie (pp. 152-175)
  • Voices of Youth in Wartime: Students at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School during the Second World War by Sara Karn (pp. 176-196)
  • Antiquarians and Avocationals from Upper Canada to Ontario by William Fox, Conrad Heidenreich and James Hunter (pp. 197-209)
  • The Free School Triumph in London, Canada West, 1840 to 1852: An Urban First by Michael Francis Murphy (pp. 210-229)

Spring 2018 includes five new peer-reviewed articles and twelve book reviews:

  • A Final Utterance: The Last Words of Sir Isaac Brock by Guy St-Denis (pp. 1-8)
  • The World of Jules Robinet: Pioneer Winemaker by Jack Cecillon (pp.9-34)
  • Dismemberment at Windmill Point: Violence, Manliness, and The Irish in Upper Canada by Jane McGaughey (pp. 35-58)
  • Building the Burlington Bay Canal: The Staples Thesis and Harbour Development in Upper Canada, 1823-1854 by Rod Millard (pp. 59-87)
  • The Social Geography of Diphtheria Mortality in Hamilton by Heather T. Battles and Bobbie-Leigh Jones (p. 88-107)

The Autumn 2017 issue of Ontario History includes four new peer-reviewed articles, one comment, and eleven book reviews:

  • Alex Grant and the Big Ditch: Building the Welland Ship Canal by Roberta M. Styran and Robert R. Taylor (pp. 167-183)
  • “The place is a prison, and you can’t change it”: Rehabilitation, Retraining, and Soldiers’ Re-Establishment at Speedwell Military Hospital, Guelph, 1911-1921 by Brook Durham (pp. 184-212)
  • ‘Free from all possibility of historical error’: Orillia’s Champlain Monument, French-English Relations, and Indigenous (Mis)Representations in Commemorative Sculpture by Michael D. Stevenson (pp. 213-237)
  • Sharing the Land at Moose Factory in 1763 by John D. Long, Richard J. Preston, Katrina Srigley, & Lorraine Sutherland (pp. 238-262)
  • What Evil Felled the Duke? A Followup by Hugh Whitney (p. 290)

The Spring 2017 issue of Ontario History includes five new peer-reviewed articles, one archival source, and ten book reviews:

  • Cows, Sheep & Scots: Livestock and Immigrant Strategies in Rural Upper Canada, 1814-1851 by Elizabeth Ritchie (pp. 1-26)
  • “Justice was Refused Me, I Resolved to Free Myself:” John W. Lindsay. Finding Elements of American Freedoms in British Canada, 1805-1876 by Dann J. Broyld (pp. 27-59)
  • Environmental Coalitions and the Limits of Science: Wilderness Advocacy in Ontario during the 1970s by George Warecki (pp. 60-88)
  • Joseph Alphonse Valin: Ontario Francophone Judge, 1895 by Nestor Prisco (pp. 89-106)
  • Social Networks and the 1912 Commemoration of the “Brock Centenary” by Peter W. Holdsworth (pp. 107-131)
  • “Good hands out to good homes”: A File in the Graeme Patterson Fonds at the Trinity College Archives by Sylvia Lassam and Ben Fickling (pp. 132-138)

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