Exploring James Anderson: A Journey through the Adventurous Life of a Company Man

Creator(s): Georgina Pioneer Village

One of Canada's most steadfast explorers, James Anderson arrived in Canada in 1831 to spend his entire working life in the service of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). Anderson not only transformed the landscape he explored, he was dramatically shaped by it. Beginning his career as an apprentice clerk, James crisscrossed the country, steadily rising through the HBC ranks along the way. He was eventually promoted to chief trader in 1847 and finally to chief factor in 1856.

In 1864, upon retirement, James settled in present-day Georgina, where he owned property and died only months after Canada's Confederation. Many of his relatives rose to prominence in Georgina, holding important political, economic and social titles.

The James Anderson Collection at the Georgina Pioneer Village & Archives

This exhibit includes various images of rare artefacts and archival documents from the Georgina Pioneer Village & Archives' collection: comic book images, letter transcriptions, journal entries, official HBC correspondence and before-and-after photographs of conservation work done to restore the integrity of these pieces. Through this variety of media, the story of this unheralded explorer is brought to life.

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