VIEW-7071.02 | McGill College, Sherbrooke Street,, Montreal, QC, about 1859

McGill College, Sherbrooke Street,, Montreal, QC, about 1859
William Notman (1826-1891)
Probably 1968, 20th century
Silver salts on film - Gelatin silver process
12 x 10 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , educational (709) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

McGill was another powerful symbol of English Montreal, and received strong support from philanthropists like Molson (beer), Redpath (sugar) and, later, Macdonald (tobacco). McGill began issuing medical degrees in 1833. Its Arts faculty was established a decade later. By the end of the century, McGill had five faculties. Anglophones in the Eastern Townships were served by Bishop's University. Laval University was established in Quebec City in 1852, and its Montreal campus in 1876.

Source : The Aftermath of the Rebellions [Web tour], by Brian J. Young, McGill University (see Links)

  • What

    Along with hospitals and churches, an English-speaking university was seen as a sign of English Montreal's culture and permanence. McGill took physical form with construction of the Arts Building, visible here.

  • Where

    In accordance with the tradition of placing universities in rural settings, McGill was established on the farm of its founder, James McGill. As Montreal expanded, the area around the campus grew into a new English suburb known as the Golden Square Mile.

  • When

    The first buildings of McGill were built in the rebellion period as English Montrealers sought to maintain their centrality in the city. The first faculty was Medicine, followed by Arts.

  • Who

    McGill was created by the donation of fur trader and benefactor James McGill. Historically a university for the English elite, McGill enjoyed strong support from English Montreal. Education in professions like law or medicine was seen as important for the city's commercial elite.