Collection consists of documents which include John Galt correspondence, ledger dealing with agricultural and settlement matters, possibly the start of information for Canada Company settlers.
The Lizars were from the upper middle class with a family business in printing and engraving. Daniel Home Lizars (1822-1876), the original immigrant, immigrated to Upper Canada in 1833 from Edinburgh, Scotland, with his family.
They brought a library of some 300 books with them which has been kept together as the “Pioneer Collection”. The Pioneer Collection has been individually catalogued and located in the Rare Book Area.
Daniel Lizars married Esther Longworths in 1848, and had one son and two daughters. His daughter was married to the son of John Galt. Daniel Lizars was the first municipal clerk for the District of Huron, he served in that position from 1841 until 1846. He was called to the bar in 1853, was appointed county attorney in 1858, and was appointed a judge in 1864.
Several Rare Books have engravings done by Daniel Lizars.