Word on the Hill

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson was the superintendent of a novel British Government scheme to bring Irish farmers to the newly surveyed Newcastle district in 1825, earning him the title 'Founder of Peterborough'. While much is known about the 'Robinson' settlers and their descendants, this lecture series will explore the story of Peter Robinson, the man himself.

April 22nd: Peter Robinson - His AncestorsPeter Robinson - Profile

The story of Peter Robinson's ancestors from their origins in England, through prosperity and crisis in the American Colonies, to his family in Upper Canada.

April 29th: Peter Robinson - His Descendants

The story of Peter Robinson's children and grandchildren as told through historical records and the charming details in the letters they wrote to one another.

May 6th: Peter Robinson - An Honourable Gentleman

The story of Peter Robinson before, during and after the 1825 Emigration: United Empire Loyalist, businessman, landowner, fur trader, military officer and Member of Parliament.


Peterborough Museum & Archives, Multi-Purpose Room Classroom.
300 Hunter Street East, Museum Drive, Ashburnham Memorial Park, Peterborough, Ontario.


2:00 - 4:00 PM on Sundays, April 22nd, April 29th and May 6th.

CostEmigration Office circa 1825

$27.60 / series pass (inclusive of all applicable taxes), or individual lecture rush tickets sold for $10.00, ten minutes prior to the start of each lecture at the Peterborough Museum & Archives main Reception Desk. Space is limited.

Where to Get Tickets

Series passes will go on sale on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 and can only be purchased through the Peterborough Memorial Centre Box Office. Call them during regular business hours at: (705) 743-3561, or purchase your series pass online by visiting: https://tickets.memorialcentre.ca/Online


Seating for persons with limited mobility (and a companion) are available if requested at time of purchase. The presenter will also be equipped with a microphone for those who are hard-of-hearing. 


Parking is available on-site, off of Museum Drive, and at the top of Armour Hill.

About the Presenter

Marie O'Connor has been an educator for most of her life as an elementary classroom teacher and as the Education Officer and part-time Archivist at the Peterborough Museum & Archives. Marie is a descendant of several Robinson immigrants, and was instrumental in bringing three Bibles belonging to Peter Robinson's children to Peterborough. In 2016 she presented "Cork to Canada 1825 - Adventure and Legacy" to a sold out audience and will be sharing the results of her research into "The Honourable Peter Robinson" in three historically-based and entertaining presentations.