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Entrance to Hamilton Cemetery
Hamilton Cemetery Entrance
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Historical Perceptions

Celebrate Sir John A. Macdonald's Birthday

The Sir John A. Macdonald Society of Hamilton is hosting a banquet to celebrate Sir John A.'s 200th birthday. It will be held at the Scottish Rite in Hamilton on January 10th. and will feature Guest Speaker Prof. H. V. Nelles, Professor of Canadian History at McMaster University. Tickets are $45.00 each. For additional details and reservation information select Birthday Banquet and to view the menu for the evening select Menu.

Robin McKee was recently featured in a front page story in the Hamilton Spectator. Here is the man behind Historical Perceptions and The Stories in the Stones. The article outlines Robin's extensive work and research as a Hamilton historian. We invite you to view the web version of this article at Robin in the Spec.

Historical Perceptions is the creation of Robin McKee.

Robin lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and has long been interested in his community's history. One of his particular areas of focus is Hamilton's cemeteries and the wealth of tradition and history which they represent. He regularly conducts public tours at the Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard (across from Dundurn Castle). Each tour has a specific focus but Robin is always willing to answer questions and to share stories from his vast knowledge of the Hamilton Cemetery and the people who are buried there.

The following tours are scheduled for the 2014 tour season:

May 3 & 4 (Hamilton 1st)

May 10 (War of 1812 Tour)

May 17 (Power of the City Tour)

May 24 (Civil War Tour)

May 31 (War of 1812 Tour)

June 7 (Firefighters Tour)

June 14 (Ancaster Cemetery Tour) In Ancaster.

June 15 (War of 1812 Tour)

June 21 (Disasters Tour)

June 28 (War of 1812 Tour)

July 5 (Past Mayors Tour)

July 12 (War of 1812 Tour)

July 19 (Masonic Tour)

July 26 (War of 1812 Tour)

August 2 (Civil War Tour)

August 9 (War of 1812 Tour)

August 16 (Firefighters Tour)

August 23 (War of 1812 Tour)

August 30 (Power of the City Tour)

September 6 (War of 1812 Tour)

September 13 (Disasters Tour)

September 20 & 21 (Hamilton 1st)

September 27 (War of 1812 Tour)

October 4 (Past Mayors Tour)

October 11 (War of 1812 Tour)

October 18 (Masonic Tour)

October 25 (War of 1812 Tour)

November 1 (Civil War Tour)

November 8 (Event)

November 15 (Veterans Tour)

* Note: The special "War of 1812 Tours" will include an informative tour of selected grave sites pertaining to the War of 1812 and provide information about how and why the British built the "fort" on Burlington Heights.

Robin McKee's "Stories in the Stones" cemetery tours commence from the entrance to the Hamilton Cemetery at 11 am and take place rain or shine. Be sure to bring the necessary food, drink and clothing needs. No reservations are required. There is no charge for the tours. For a complete listing of Robin's 2014 Tour schedule simply click on Cemetery Tours - 2014.

This website is being redesigned. The new website is expected to be available before the beginning of the 2014 Tour season. Please return to explore the new enhanced and expanded website.

Robin expresses his interest in cemeteries very effectively in a brief video clip which was prepared for broadcast by CPAC, Canada's Cable Public Affairs Channel. To view this short video select View Video and then select the "Victorian Graveyard" option after you follow this link.

Robin has an interest in the many historic plaques that have been erected in the Hamilton community. As a new feature of this site, we have begun an expanding display of text and photos related to Hamilton's Historic Plaques.

Complete Schedule of
Tours and Presentations

Hamilton Cemeteries

The graves of
Famous Hamiltonians

Headstone Art

Cemetery Etiquette



Meet Robin McKee

Unless indicated otherwise, cemetery tours commence at the Gatehouse of the Hamilton Cemetery,
777 York Boulevard.

(Directly across from the public parking lot for Dundurn Castle.)

Tours run about two hours.

Historical Perceptions

Through Historical Perceptions Robin McKee is committed to discovering and sharing the history of the Hamilton community - particularly as it is represented in our cemeteries.

For additional information concerning any of these events please contact him at


or via e-mail at:
Robin McKee looks forward to welcoming you on a Historical Perceptions
tour soon!

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