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The Gooderham & Worts families emigrated from the Scole / Bungay area of England in the early 1830s, arriving in York, (now Toronto, Canada). First came James Worts, accompanied by his 13 year-old son, James Gooderham Worts. They built the windmill near the mouth of the Don River. They were followed in 1832 by William and Ezekiel Gooderham, their sister, Elizabeth (James Worts' wife) and 54 extended family members. Over the following 75 years, these families created the largest distillery in the world, as well as contributing to milling, banking, railways, shipping, farming and other essential components of the growing industrial country. They were active in the church and in various communities, as well as in health care and even in our political institutions. In 2013, descendants of the Gooderham and Worts families created an online website that includes a family tree with photos, documents and stories.


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1915 Sir Albert E. Gooderham was Instrumental in Creating Connaught Labs

There would not have been a Connaught Laboratories (Sanofi Pasteur Canada today) if not for Sir Albert Edward Gooderham, who died on April 25, 1935, 85 years ago.

Sir Albert E. Gooderham

He was knighted just four months before his sudden death, this honour given in recognition of his many services to Canada, a major element of which was his support of public health. Such support was embodied in his personal role in expanding the original Antitoxin Laboratory and in overseeing its remarkable growth as the first Chairman of the Connaught Committee of the University of Toronto's Board of Governors. Today, the main administration building on Sanofi Pasteur Canada’s Connaught Campus (building 83) is named the "Gooderham Building."

Building 83 - the Gooderham Building

Albert Gooderham was better known as “The Colonel”, reflecting his long service to the 10th Royal Grenadiers regiment and became its Colonel at the start of World War I. The Gooderhams were one of the wealthiest families in Toronto, based on the Gooderham & Worts distillery business founded by his grandfather and which Albert would ultimately lead. It was one of the largest distilleries in the world, although it did not produce spirits during Ontario’s prohibition era from 1914 to 1927, after which Albert sold the family’s interest in the distillery business. During WWI, Gooderham lent his factory to the Canadian government for production of acetone, a key ingredient in the smokeless gunpowder used by the British military.

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