The Types & Printing Press from the Type Riot of Toronto
The Types & Printing Press from the Type Riot of Toronto


William Lyon Mackenzie's Newspaper/June 8, 1826


Types & Printing Press


Affected try to destroy the printing press.


Ruins the lives of those who are printed on it.


Using the types and printing press.

Collected by

Warehouse 11




865-1320 846-1522



Date of Collection




At 160 Frederick Street, just north of Front Street, is a 1987 Toronto Historical Board plaque which says:

The printing offices of William Lyon Mackenzie's controversial weekly newspaper, The Colonial Advocate (1824-34), were located on this site in 1826. That year on June 8 a group of young men broke into the premises, destroyed the press and threw the types into nearby Lake Ontario. The rioters were related by blood or profession to the Province's ruling elite who had been much criticized and ridiculed in the newspaper's columns. This did not excuse their vandalism, but compounded it, in the eyes of those who favoured political reform. Although criminal charges were never laid, a civil court awarded Mackenzie damages sufficient to re-establish his newspaper elsewhere. The types riot incident became a symbol of the many grievances that eventually led to the Rebellion of 1837.


After hearing about the riot, the people of Warehouse 11 sent a few agents to check out the situation. They discovered the types and the printing press and took it back to the Warehouse.


If used to print out forms about an individual, especially one in political power, it will cause people who are connected to the person to want to try and destroy the types and printing press. If the people manage to destroy the printing press they will only succeed in ruining the careers of those who were written on the form.

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