McCarthy Street is named in honour of John Augustus McCarthy Sr., illustrious pioneer
* His descendants, in the McCarthy family tree, are also notable.
John Augustus McCarthy Jr. 1894 Stratford-Perth Archives
John Augustus McCarthy Sr., first chief of police
John Augustus McCarthy (see McCarthy Road) was born in New South Wales, Australia, in 1811. At age four he was smuggled aboard the The Kangaroo (see story HMS Kangaroo ) on which his father was sailing with the 73 regiment. Bound for Ceylon, it departed April 18, 1815. He later said, at age 8, he saw the imprisoned French military commander, Napoleon Bonaparte, on the island of St. Helene in the South Atlantic Ocean. In about December 1817, the McCarthys returned to England. Upon his father's death in 1820, John was sent to Bowes Academy at Greta Bridge, in Yorkshire. It was a boarding school that he attended for three years. He later worked as a clerk at a Dublin (Ireland) bank managed by his great uncle, Nicholas Skottowe.
J. A. McCarthy was known to his friends as Mac. He had lived in Stratford for 66 years when he died at age 87 on Oct. 8, 1898. He was described by the Beacon-Herald as "the oldest link that bound Stratford to its pioneer past and to the days when the British Empire was being formed." Source: Streets of Stratford 2004
John Augustus McCarthy Jr., chief constable
John Augustus McCarthy Sr. and Pauline (Izard) had 10 children. The sixth of those was John Augustus McCarthy Jr. (1847-1913), who followed in his father's footsteps and became Stratford’s chief constable.
John Jr. started his policing career as a county constable, and later became a town constable under his father. In 1883 he was employed as a detective on the Grand Trunk Railway and was known for his clever detective work. He was appointed the chief of police for the City of Stratford in 1888.
Funeral procession 1913. An estimated 16,000 lined the route to Avondale Cemetery. Stratford-Perth Archives
Thomas McCarthy Stratford-Perth Archives
Thomas Britiffe McCarthy, constable
Chattelle (middle) in front of the Perth County courthouse on his way to the train and the coroner's inquest. Sheriff John Hossie (foreround) walks slightly ahead. Flanking the prisoner is Const. Tom McCarthy. Stratford-Perth Archives
Thomas McCarthy home, 355 Romeo St. Stratford-Perth Archives
Thomas Britiffe McCarthy (1841-1936) and family
Back row, from left: John Augustus (Jack), William Edward (Will or Bill), Elizabeth Goldie (Goldie), Henry Albert (Harry), Olive Mabel (Ollie), Frederick Richard (Fred) and Thomas Britiffe (Tom)
Middle row from left: Emma Henrietta (Emma), Thomas Britiffe, Anne Weir (Annie), Elizabeth Ann (Weir), and Hazel Gay (Hazel).
Front row from left: Gordon Earl (Gord), and D'Alton McNab (D'Alt).
Thomas B. McCarthy, 53, and Joseph Sharman, 53, both born in 1842, as the first children of Stratford. Photo 1894 Bill Donaldson . . . FB
Fenian Raid award 1866
Thomas McCarthy (1837-1921) Stratford-Perth Archives
Fred McCarthy, 1908 Olympic bronze medal winner Wikitree
The McCarthy brothers, cyclists
McCarthy Lake, Forest Road
Rosalind Rosenberger, flower girl 1939
Sports Wall of Fame
The city's Sports Wall of Fame is at 353 McCarthy Rd W., in the Stratford Rotary Complex. The Sports Hall of Fame committee was established to recognize individuals and teams whose athletic abilities brought fame to themselves and for the City of Stratford.
* Click on categories below to view the lists of sports figures, teams and builders honoured over the years with YouTube videos. See samples below. Source: Stratford Wall of Fame
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