London & Middlesex Branch: Some Highlights of the Irish Presence in 19th-Century Middlesex-London

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Date(s) - February 4, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


The London & Middlesex Branch of Ontario Ancestors is pleased to invite you to attend our monthly meeting presentation. This will be a “hybrid” presentation, meaning that you will have the option to join us live and in-person at the Latter-Day Saints Church, Riverside Drive, London, OR, you may join us virtually via Zoom. Either way, we look forward to seeing you. The event is free and open to anyone. For those attending in-person, please stay after the meeting to enjoy some social time and small refreshments. 

About our speaker:

Dan Brock is a native of Norfolk County, Ontario, where he grew up on a fourth-generation family farm, which had been purchased as a Clergy Reserve. He has lived continuously in London since 1962.

Dan is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where he earned an Honours BA in philosophy and a Masters in history. He had taught at the elementary, secondary and college and university levels for 42 years before retiring in 2003.

Dan is the current president of The London & Middlesex Historical Society and past chair of the London and Middlesex Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. He is also a long-time member of the Irish Benevolent Society.

He is the founder and editor of the free, monthly, e-newsletter The Maltese Presence in North America, which has a current estimated worldwide readership of some 20,000.

Dan has written a few hundred articles and about a half dozen books, largely pertaining to the eastern part of what is now southwestern Ontario and the Maltese in North America and continues to do so, his latest book being Fragments from the Forks: London Ontario’s Legacy.

In this presentation . . . our speaker, Dan Brock, will touch on a couple of significant Irish settlements in the County and the contributions to this area made by the Irish in the fields of technology and religion in particular. It will also feature the founding of the Irish Benevolent Society and its uniqueness, especially for the time.

The event is free, but registration is required for both in-person and virtual attendance:

To Register to attend Virtual (Zoom): London & Middlesex Virtual link

To register to attend In-Person (Eventbrite): London & Middlesex Eventbrite In-Person link