Robert McLaughlin 1836-1921

Robert McLaughlin, a pioneer of the Canadian vehicle industry, was born in the family homestead on this property. In 1867, despite lack of technical training, he built two cutters in his driving-shed which stood near this site. His business prospered and in 1869, he established the McLaughlin Carriage Works at Enniskillen. His enterprise, which expanded rapidly, was moved in 1877 to Oshawa where it became the largest carriage-works in the British Empire. In 1907, the McLaughlin Motor Car Company was formed and the following year began to assembly some of the earliest automobiles produced in Canada. The combined companies became General Motors of Canada in 1918.


At the McLaughlin family farm near Tyrone - north of Bowmanville on Regional Road 14

Region: Greater Toronto Area

County/District: Regional Municipality of Durham

Municipality: Municipality of Clarington