|The Square (1920), archival image|
|Huron County courthouse, before 1954 (postcard, Valentine and Sons United Publishing Co.)|
|The new courthouse, built in 1954 (Wikimedia Commons, JustSomePics [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)])|
The most conspicuous history was a product of the early-to-mid-19th century, when the place was planned and built as an outpost of the British Empire. The Empire loomed at practically every turn. Among the town's streets are these: Victoria St., Trafalgar St., Nelson St., Wellington St., Waterloo St., Wolfe St., Brock St., Elgin Ave. The commemorations said little of the Indigenous peoples who had lived there for millennia: the Wendat (or Wyandotte), after whom the county was named, the Attiwandarons of the 'Neutral' Confederacy, and the Mississaugas. They were, for the most part, gone from the town and its official, public memory.
Goderich, like its environs in Huron and Bruce Counties (Alice-Munro country), was colonized mainly by Scots-Irish immigrants, some of whom had fled the Highland Clearances. Both of Goderich's co-founders, Galt and William 'Tiger' Dunlop, were Scotsmen. Dunlop took his nickname from an earlier imperial adventure (when he had tried to clear Saugor Island in India of its tigers). He and Galt worked for the Canada Company, the main function of which was to facilitate the movement of British and Irish settlers into the area.
|Coat of Arms of the Canada Company|