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Mazo de la Roche 1879-1961

Mazo de la Roche 1879-1961

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2013

Mazo de la Roche 1879-1961

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2013

Mazo de la Roche 1879-1961

Photo Source - Unknown

Plaque Location

The Region of York
The Town of Newmarket
On the shore of Fairy Lake
on the south side of Water Street just east of Main Street

Coordinates: N 44 03.074 W 79 27.287


Plaque Text

Born Mazo Louise Roche in Newmarket, this celebrated Canadian writer attended the Ontario School of Art and the University of Toronto. She established an international literary reputation when her book "Jalna" won the Atlantic Monthly competition of 1927. It was the first of 16 novels narrating the history of the Whiteoak family and set in the Clarkson, Ontario, area. The books provide a comprehensive picture of life in the province from the mid 19th to mid 20th century. Adapted from two of these novels, the play "Whiteoaks" opened for a run of nearly three years in London, in 1936. The author of many short stories, plays and poems, Mazo de la Roche is buried in St. George's churchyard, Jackson's Point, Ontario.

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Mazo de la Roche (1879-1961)



Newmarket Plaques

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> Posted August 4, 2012
Noticed a few days ago the plaque in Newmarket has been put back, near the entrance to Fairy Lake.

> Posted May 25, 2010
The plaque in Newmarket has been destroyed by vandals. It was forcibly removed from the post. Now the post and any evidence has also disappeared. So unfortunately, this historic plaque, is no more.

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