Locally, the Toronto Lacrosse Club, Tecumseh Lacrosse Club and University of Toronto’s Varsity Club were rivals to teams from Montreal and throughout Ontario.

tag with string (verso): No. 126 Mr. A. E. MacMillan tag with string (front): -1915- Toronto Lacrosse & Athletic Association

Toronto Lacrosse & Athletic Association -1915-
1915 Lacrosse

Page from program announcing the event of the week - a grand lacrosse match

The Toronto Semi-Centennial Souvenir 1884
1884  Souvenir, page 12

Lacrosse was often featured as an event at celebrations, visits and athletic events as illustrated in these two programmes.

Cover of program Page from program which highlights a lacrosse match

Reception by the City of Toronto, of His Excellency the Governor General of the Dominion of Canada and H.R.H. the Princess Louise.
1879  Princess, cover and page 7

In 1888, the Toronto Lacrosse Club visited Manchester and London, England, and Belfast, Ireland, to play games against their city and university clubs. The Belfast Club had toured through Canada and the United States in 1886.

Programme cover - Banquet to the Toronto Lacrosse Team

Toronto Lacrosse Club Scrapbook of European tour, 1888
Banquet to the Toronto Lacrosse Team, Ulster Minor Hall, Belfast. 28th April, 1888.
Baldwin Room S204

Photograph showing lacrosse match

Toronto Lacrosse Club Scrapbook of European tour, 1888
“Well Caught”
Baldwin Room S204


Toronto Lacrosse Club with members of the Irish team at Belfast, Northern Ireland 1888
JRR 4360

Team Which Visited Great Britain in 1888.

    1, Member Irish team.   2, Wm. Logan, of Davidson & Hay, Toronto.   3, Hugh Kelly, member Irish team (under-sheriff).   4, R. Walkinshaw, member Irish team.   5, Member Irish team.   6, Member Irish team.   7, Member Irish team.   8, Sam Struthers (d), formerly of Montreal.   9, Archie Mackenzie, brother of Ross Mackenzie.   10, Member Irish team.   11, James Garvin, barrister, Toronto.   12, Member Irish team.   13, S. S. Martin, barrister, Toronto, son of Samuel Martin, of Rice Lewis & Son.   14, Stewart Kelly, member Irish team, Belfast.   15, J. W. Drynan, W. A. Murray & Co.   16, Member Irish team, Belfast.   17, John Garvin (d), journalist, Toronto.   18, George P. Scholfield (d) (Percy), teller and later general manager, Standard Bank, Toronto.   19, Member Irish team, Belfast.   20, Member Irish team, Belfast.   21, Edward Gordon, M.D. (d), Toronto, M.D. on C.P.R. steamer.   22, Member Irish team, Belfast.   23, Ross Eckhardt, Toronto, now in B.C.   24, John Gibbs, member Irish team, Belfast.   25, H. E. Sewell, bank clerk, Toronto (d).   26, Fred Dixon, Davidson & Hay, Toronto.   27, John Irving, Nova Scotia Steel Co., now of Montreal, son of Wm. Irving, architect, Toronto.

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Source: Special Collections, Toronto Public Library.