Welcome to Corktown History.
I officially became a member of the Corktown, Toronto, community in 1981. Back then it was my curiosity with the area’s name that led me to research its history. Yet, what stunned me at the time was that throughout the neighbourhood there were no visible monikers of the name. With this information I approached officials at the City of Toronto and was successful at having an unidentified road named, Corktown Lane.
The success that I had at naming this lane impelled me to conduct further research (when time allowed) which aided my efforts in the process of having rowhouses numbers 457, 459, 461, 463 King Street East listed in the City of Toronto inventory of Heritage Properties. This process took time but with perseverance my nomination was successful.
It was sometime after this that I returned to school to gain a diploma in Records & Archives Management. During this time, and for some years later, I was occasionally asked by area people for information that would help ‘their’ research and interest in writing about the area’s history. Unfortunately, their desires to write a book on the history of Corktown never progressed.
By then my researched material was stocking up and upon reviewing it I was able to identify misappropriated historical information, belonging to Corktown, that had been credited elsewhere. I also came across interesting anecdotes that remained untold. My journey in attempting to make this book project possible has had its challenges, but out-shined with gratification made possible from family descendants who opened their doors to me.
Hence, I found myself with no other options but to take my husband’s advice when he said to me, “if you want a book on Corktown then you will have to write it.” His words impelled me to take up the challenge, as up to now no one else had.
The book is scheduled to launch on Monday, December 3, 2018. It will be the first book written on Corktown as this community nears its bicentennial in 2019. For insight as to the book’s content, I have put together a simplified index of surnames on the page identified as: Genealogy & Research.
Coralina R. Lemos
Author, Tour Guide, Corktown historian,