File contains notes by Naomi Green, librarian, Dutton Public Library, concerning the 1837 Rebellion in Upper Canada, with notice of the involvement of Dr. John Rolph, Dr. Charles Duncombe and Colonel Thomas Talbot.
Black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published October 2, 1960 with caption: "On October 2nd, 1960, historical plaques commemorating the Honourable John Rolph and the Talbot Road were unveiled beside Talbot Road West at Middlemarch near St. Thomas. These plaques form part of the series being erected throughout the province by the Department of Travel and Publicity, acting on the advice of the Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario. Participants in the ceremony shown standing in front of the Rolph plaque are, left to right: Mr. Harvey Liddle, Warden of Elgin County; Mr. James McBain, M.P. (Elgin); Mayor Vincent A. Barrie of St. Thomas; Dr. James D. Curtis of the Elgin Medical Association; Dr. Wilfrid Jury, a member of the Archaeological and Historic Sites Board; Mrs. J.R. Futcher, Chairman of the Elgin County Museum Committee and a member of the Archaeological and Historic Sites Board; the Rev. George Johnstone, President of the Elgin County Ministerial Association; and Mr. Ronald McNeil, M.P.P. (Elgin)." Photo by Ontario Dept. Travel & Publicity.
Black and white photograph showing the house and property once owned by the Rolph family on Talbot Road, Southwold Township (now 39545 Fingal Line). The house was probably built ca. 1850. It is a matter of dispute whether Dr. John Rolph lived here, but Dr. Thomas Rolph (d. 1815) lived here and is buried on the property. An historic plaque has been erected at the entrance to the property, which reads: "The Honourable John Rolph M.D. 1793-1870: This property once belonged to John Rolph, a prominent physician, lawyer and legislator. Born in England, he emigrated to Upper Canada in 1812. In 1824, with Dr. Charles Duncombe, he established at St. Thomas, the province's first medical school, the "Talbot Dispensatory". A reformer, Rolph represented Middlesex in the assembly, 1824-29 and Norfolk 1836-37. Although not an active participant in the Rebellion of 1837, he was so seriously implicated that he was compelled to flee to the United States. He returned in 1843, established a noted medical school in Toronto, and became the founder of the radical Clear Grit party 1849-50 and president of the legislative council, 1855-57." It is also a matter of dispute whether Rolph and Duncombe's proposed medical school in St. Thomas, Ontario, the "Talbot Dispensatory" was ever established or operated. File includes: