(Oct 20, 2006)
TRIBUNE PHOTO, BY DOUG HALLETT
Gil Stelter, left, and Peter Anderson proposed naming the civic holiday
after John Galt,
whose statue is in front of city hall.
Guelph's founder is
getting added recognition in the city, with the August civic holiday
being renamed John Galt Day.
City council made that
decision Monday, following in the footsteps of Toronto, which in 1968
renamed the first Monday of August as Simcoe Day, and Burlington, which
has celebrated the civic holiday as Joseph Brant Day since 1982.
The proposal came from
local historian Gil Stelter, who gives lectures on Galt, and Peter
Anderson, who chaired the committee whose work led to a sculpture of
Galt being installed in front of city hall in 1979. They got a round of
applause from city council members after the decision was made Monday.
Galt was responsible for
creating Guelph in 1827, naming the community after one of the names of
the reigning British royal family, said a supporting letter written by
Stelter said Galt is
known around the world as a great Scottish literary figure, but he
deserves a Guelph holiday.
As superintendent of the
Canada Company based in London, England, Galt conceived of building a
town to stimulate and direct the agricultural settlement of this area.
He planned the layout of
the town, "a distinctive radial design that made Guelph unique among
Canadian cities," said Stelter's letter.
Galt also "determined the
character of the early community by emphasizing cultural development and
the community's role in promoting advanced agriculture - characteristics
that remain central to Guelph to this day."
to Guelph Tribune for this story.
Library at the University of Guelph has the largest collection of
books by John Galt anywhere in the world.