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Oliver Goldsmith - National Historic Person
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N 45° 04.414 W 067° 03.174
19T E 653264 N 4992966
Quick Description: Oliver Goldsmith, born in St. Andrews, colonial administrator in Halifax and author of the poem The Rising Village.
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Date Posted: 12/2/2009 6:42:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM7TQQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
Views: 8

Long Description:


Plaque Text

OLIVER GOLDSMITH 1787-1861

Goldsmith was born in St. Andrews, N.B., the son of a loyalist
official. When he was but two years old his family moved to
Halifax where he received a rudimentary education from his
father. After sampling a wide variety of occupations, he entered
the Commissariat at Halifax as a volunteer and continued
until his death to be a successful colonial administrator. In
1825 The Rising Village, an imitation of his great uncle's The
Deserted Village, was published in London, but the invidious
comparisons made by the critics destroyed his interest in the
writing of poetry. He died in Liverpool, England.

Fils d’un fonctionnaire loyaliste, Goldsmith naquit à St.-
Andrews (N.-B.). Il avait deux ans lorsque sa famille déména-
gea à Halifax où son père lui donna une instruction rudimen-
taire. Après avoir occupé divers emplois, il entra à l’In-
tendance d’Halifax et fut, jusqu’à sa mort, un bon adminis-
trateur colonial. Il publia à Londres en 1825 The Rising
Village, imitation de The Deserted Village de son grand-oncle,
mais les odieuses comparaisons des critiques tuèrent son goût
De la poésie. Il mourut à Liverpool, en Angleterre.

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.

Government of Canada – 1948 – Gouvernement du Canada


You'll find the historical plaque at the right side of the entrance of the Post Office in St. Andrews. The Post Office is located in the historic destrict of St. Andrews at 201 Water Street, south-east corner with King Street.

The text of the poem The Rising Village from 1825 can be found here.
The text of the poem The Deserted Village from 1770 can be found here.

Enjoy your visit of St. Andrews.
Classification: National Historic Person

Province or Territory: New Brunswick

Location - City name/Town name: St. Andrews

Link to Parks Canada entry (must be on www.pc.gc.ca): [Web Link]

Link to HistoricPlaces.ca: Not listed

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