Sir Francis Hincks at Renfrew

Premier of the Province of Canada 1851-1854, Governor of Barbados 1856-1862 and British Guiana 1862-1865, Hincks was born in Cork, Ireland in 1807, settled in Upper Canada in 1832, and was elected to the Assembly in 1841. He was prominent in the Reform campaign for Responsible Government and was a keen advocate of railway building. While Finance Minister, 1860-1873, Hincks framed the Bank Act of 1871, which laid the foundation of Canada's banking system. In 1853, he purchased property here, laid out a subdivision and provided land for building mills at the Second Chute of the Bonnechère River. Twice elected a Member for Renfrew, 1854 and 1869, he donated land for a public square. In 1874, he settled in Montreal, where he died in 1885.


At Bruce and Albert Streets on the lot he donated for a public square, Renfrew

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: County of Renfrew

Municipality: Town of Renfrew