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Mary Byers

Mary Byers

Born in Toronto, Mary Byers has four chidren and eight grandchildren. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with Bachelor's and Masters degrees in English Literature. Courses at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto led to work locating and cataloguing mid-nineteenth century homes for an Ontario government survey. This resulted in an intense personal interest in heritage buildings, their builders, early owners, and families which culminated in the publication of ten books, four as the author and five co-authored with Margaret McBurney, as well as magazine and newspaper articles. All are non-fiction, social history. Their focus is people in Canadian history.

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Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching. Boston Mills Press/Stoddart's, 1999.
True Newfoundlers: Early Homes and Families of Newfoundland and Labrador. Co-author Margaret McBurney. Boston Mills Press/Stoddart's, 1997.
Atlantic Hearth: Early Homes and Families of Nova Scotia. Co-author Margaret McBurney. Univ. of Toronto Press, 1994.
The Governor's Road: Early Buildings and Families from Mississauga to London. Co-author Margaret McBurney. Univ. of Toronto Press, 1982.
Rural Roots: Pre-Confederation Buildings of the York Region of Ontario. Co-author Margaret McBurney. Univ. of Toronto Press, 1976.
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