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The Types & Printing Press from the Type Riot of Toronto

Origin

William Lyon Mackenzie's Newspaper/June 8, 1826

Type

Types & Printing Press

Effects

Affected try to destroy the printing press.

Downsides

Ruins the lives of those who are printed on it.

Activation

Using the types and printing press.

Collected by

Warehouse 11

Section

Revolution-B2

Aisle

865-1320 846-1522

Shelf

98523-2006-179

Date of Collection

June.29.1826

[Source]


OriginEdit

At 160 Frederick Street, just north of Front Street, is a 1987 Toronto Historical Board plaque which says:

The printing offices of William Lyon Mackenzie's controversial weekly newspaper, The Colonial Advocate (1824-34), were located on this site in 1826. That year on June 8 a group of young men broke into the premises, destroyed the press and threw the types into nearby Lake Ontario. The rioters were related by blood or profession to the Province's ruling elite who had been much criticized and ridiculed in the newspaper's columns. This did not excuse their vandalism, but compounded it, in the eyes of those who favoured political reform. Although criminal charges were never laid, a civil court awarded Mackenzie damages sufficient to re-establish his newspaper elsewhere. The types riot incident became a symbol of the many grievances that eventually led to the Rebellion of 1837.

CollectionEdit

After hearing about the riot, the people of Warehouse 11 sent a few agents to check out the situation. They discovered the types and the printing press and took it back to the Warehouse.

EffectsEdit

If used to print out forms about an individual, especially one in political power, it will cause people who are connected to the person to want to try and destroy the types and printing press. If the people manage to destroy the printing press they will only succeed in ruining the careers of those who were written on the form.

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