Remind Me: Who Was Goldwin Smith?

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Remind Me: Who Was Goldwin Smith?

Postby Stewart » 09 Feb 2010 00:02

I am sure I have asked this in the past, But who exactly was Professor Goldwin Smith? And who thought it so important he died AT Toronto, rather than In it? By the way this s a plaque outside the Harris Arcade (on the left)

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Re: Remind Me: Who Was Goldwin Smith?

Postby mikejee » 09 Feb 2010 09:14

One should always be dubious about anything in Wikipedia but this seems to give a reasonable summary of his life. He was apparently a history professor who left no particularly memorable historical works, but was an enthusiastic proponent of reform at oxford university , and supported the north in the american civil war. Because of this he was encouraged to move to the US and after moved to Canada.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldwin_Smith
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Re: Remind Me: Who Was Goldwin Smith?

Postby piwacket » 09 Feb 2010 11:39

I thought I'd have a look at Toronto history timeline - and saw this
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Raisi ... _stone.jpg

Elf and Safety eat your heart out!!

Bit like those popular images of the workers having lunch on girders in NY city :)

PS: I was amused by the discarded hammer! And I wonder where the photographer stood? - a challenge for Les/Town Hall roof? :whistle1:
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Re: Remind Me: Who Was Goldwin Smith?

Postby chris_j_wood » 09 Feb 2010 14:49

mikejee wrote:One should always be dubious about anything in Wikipedia but this seems to give a reasonable summary of his life. He was apparently a history professor who left no particularly memorable historical works, but was an enthusiastic proponent of reform at oxford university , and supported the north in the american civil war. Because of this he was encouraged to move to the US and after moved to Canada.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldwin_Smith


Thanks for pointing that out. He is now linked on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Reading,_Berkshire
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Re: Remind Me: Who Was Goldwin Smith?

Postby chris_j_wood » 09 Feb 2010 14:57

And the Reading Forum is now cited as a reference on Wikipedia's article on Goldwin Smith.
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Re: Remind Me: Who Was Goldwin Smith?

Postby jonbryce » 09 Feb 2010 16:44

chris_j_wood wrote:And the Reading Forum is now cited as a reference on Wikipedia's article on Goldwin Smith.


That will probably get deleted, as forums aren't considered reliable sources of information. After all, even I can write stuff here.
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