The Queen's Plate, c.1870

Unknown, Photographer
Media Type:
Item Type:
A black and white large format negative of people gathered around a grandstand.
This large format negative was found in the Archives storage room without any identification. However, we believe that this negative may be an image from the The Queen's Plate, Canada's most noted horse race, that was run at Whitby in May 1870.

The track was located on the west side of McQuay Street north of Dundas Street.

The race was attended by John Sandfield Macdonald, Attorney General of Ontario, and records state that there were more than ten thousand people present.

The race was won by Jack Bell.
Date of Original:
Width: 4 in
Height: 2.5 in
Corporate Name(s):
Queen's Plate
Local identifier:
Whitby Online Historic Photographs Collection
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.8758722825785 Longitude: -78.9624815875244
Creative Commons licence:
pd [more details]
Copyright Statement:
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation:
The Queen's Plate, c.1870, Photographer Unknown. Whitby Archives A2014_006_001.
Reproduction Notes:
Scanned from a black and white large format negative.
Whitby Public Library
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405 Dundas Street West, Whitby, Ontario L1N 6A1

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The Queen's Plate, c.1870

A black and white large format negative of people gathered around a grandstand.