Plaqued Houses and Buildings
45 Navy Street - William Wilson House
William Wilson acquired this house in 1859 near those of his brothers. It later became a general store and a hardware store.
Property Details:
William Wilson was a younger brother of Robert Wilson who lived next door at 41. Both William and their brother George followed Robert into marine careers. William Wilson acquired this home about 1859. It had earlier stood on the east bank above the Sixteen, on the portion of Front Street which is now part of the Erchless Estate. In its first location it was probably built at the instigation of William Chisholm. On its new site, it was next door to Robert Wilson's first home on King Street, around the corner. (William and Robert married sisters from Port Nelson.)

In the early years of the 1860s, when Robert built and moved to Mariner's Home on Trafalgar Road, Captain William Wilson built a new brick house on Colborne Street (now Lakeshore) at First Avenue. Another house built by Captain William, apparently as an investment, was the store at Colborne Street to the west of Dunn Street. Initially it served as John McCorkindale's general store and later (1878) was the hardware store of James Kelley.
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Navy Street #45Navy Street #45
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Navy Street #45 in the 1950sNavy Street #45 in the 1950s
Wilson family grave site in Oakville/St. Mary's Pioneer CemeteryWilson family grave site in Oakville/St. Mary's Pioneer Cemetery