John Skynner (1762-1846), Mississauga's own "Master & Commander" was born in England in 1762 to a family steeped in the traditions of the Royal Navy. He joined the navy as an "Able Bodied Seaman" in 1795 and quickly rose through the ranks. He became a full Lieutenant in 1802 and one of his first duties was to escort the Duke of Kent, future father of Queen Victoria, from Gibraltar to England. During the Napoleonic Wars, Skynner helped to protect convoys of ships between Gibraltar and Malta keeping the ships and their cargos safe. He was given a silver cup in 1808 by the merchants of Malta for his meritorious conduct and unremitted attention to the numerous convoys under his charge while in the Mediterranean.
John Skynner moved with his family to Merigold's Point in Mississauga in 1838 at the age of 76. Little is known of his personal life but we know he was married to a woman named, Joanna, 22 years his junior, and together they had six children. Skynner passed away in 1846, at the age of 84 but his legacy lives on in the presence of The Anchorage - his retirement home on the shores of Lake Ontario.
The Skynner collection includes the Skynner Cup, a key artifact in the Museums' collection, Skynner's naval signal book, account book and a portrait of his daughter, Caroline Jarvis.
Join us as we transform the Square Amphitheatre into a live children's theatre every Tuesday night in August. From Rock the Arts Puppets to Beauty and the Beast, watch and be dazzled as your favourite children stories are brought to life!
Whether you're a musician, spoken word artist, comedian or dazzling performer, the stage is yours! Share your craft or enjoy the great talent Mississauga has to offer at open mic nights on the Square, every Wednesday in August.
Canadian Celtic rock group Screeched Inn began over a decade ago as a trio. With a focus on tight three part harmony and audience interaction, they perfected their sound through classic rock, top 40, and country genres.
Drop by the Bradley Museum to learn more about our Heritage Kitchen Garden, representing the foods early settlers grew in Upper Canada in the 1830s. On the last Sunday of the month, Museum Interpreters are on site to lead curated garden tours and demonstrations in Bradley House kitchen.