Joseph Sheard Parkette

11 Granby Street
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This is the site of the homestead of Joseph and Sarah Sheard which they cleared from the forest, and where they raised their seven children. Joseph Sheard (1813-83) arrived in York (Toronto) in 1833, a penniless immigrant from Yorkshire, and rose from carpenter to prominent politician and architect. As Foreman of Public Works, he refused at great personal risk, to build the gallows to hang Lount and Matthews, two of the leaders of the 1837 Rebellion. Sheard was Mayor of Toronto 1871-72 when his proposal for the August Civic Holiday (now Simcoe Day) was adopted. He helped design the first Parliament Buildings of Canada and erected many notable Toronto buildings including the former Cawthra Mansion, Bay and King Streets, considered to have been Toronto's finest house. Toronto Historical Board, 1981